U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today announced that Fiscal Year 2008 Transportation, Treasury, and Housing & Urban Development (HUD) appropriations bill, which was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee, includes funding for several Tennessee transportation and economic development initiatives.
“This legislation funds important initiatives to improve transportation and economic development in Tennessee,” Alexander said. “As a member of the Appropriations Committee I will continue to work to secure dollars that will create jobs, upgrade our state’s roadways and enhance the quality of life in our communities.”
Tennessee funding in the bill includes:
$6 million for statewide bus and bus facilities. Funds will be used to support operations, facility improvements, and capital investments of mass transit and local public transportation services across the state.
$3 million for Interstate 69. This funding is in addition to the more than $110 million secured previously to fund construction of Interstate 69 within the State of Tennessee.
$750,000 for the Northwest Tennessee Port Authority for construction to promote growth in the region and take advantage of unique transportation opportunities that will tie in the port.
$1,000,000 for the Upper Cumberland Regional Airport in Sparta to extend the runway to support growth and allow for expanded service to the region.
$1,000,000 for SR-437 By-Pass in Bedford County to begin construction of a two-lane highway to address congestion and safety concerns.
$250,000 for the Children’s Center of the Cumberlands for additional space to develop a formalized training program for individuals working with abused children across the nation.
The legislation must now be considered and approved by the full United States Senate.