Alexander: Five-Year Highway Bill Provides “Stability and Certainty,” and Will Help Grow Jobs in Tennessee

Says plan is the longest federal highway funding authorization in 17 years

Posted on December 3, 2015

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2015 – U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said today final passage of a five-year plan to reauthorize federal highway programs, which he voted for, is good for Tennessee and will lead to more good-paying jobs in our state and across the nation.

“This bill is good for Tennessee, because we have seen over the last 30 years how good roads have helped to spread auto suppliers and good jobs across the state. This is the longest federal highway bill in 17 years, which provides stability and certainty – and is a more efficient use of taxpayer dollars,” Alexander said. “My preference for funding transportation bills is for highway users to pay for improvements to the highways, which is the course I hope Congress will take on future bills.”

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, also known as the FAST Act, reauthorizes funding for federal transportation programs for five years which allows states to plan for more construction projects. The bill, which is fully paid for, provides federal funding for roads, bridges, and transit programs that are critically important to Tennessee’s economy. The bill also gives state transportation agencies more flexibility and streamlines the process to approve projects, which means projects can get done faster and cheaper. The bill also creates a new National Highway Freight Program to maintain heavily trafficked corridors, including several in Tennessee.

The Senate passed the bill today by a vote of 83-16.  The House also passed the bill by a vote of 359-65 today.

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