Alexander, Frist, Gordon Announce Final House Passage of Highway Reauthorization Bill

Bill includes significant funding for highway infrastructure in Middle Tennessee

Posted on July 29, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Rep. Bart Gordon (D-TN) today announced final House passage of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) highway bill conference report which includes significant funding for Tennessee highway, transit and safety programs. “After a long and hard fought process, I’m pleased that we’ve been able to secure a highway bill that funds Tennessee’s transportation priorities,” said Frist.  “This legislation supports critical infrastructure projects and will spur economic development in the 6th District.  As Majority Leader, I’m committed to bringing this bill to the floor quickly so we can get it to the President for his signature.  I want to thank Senator Alexander and Congressman Gordon for all of their hard work on behalf of Tennesseans.”  As Senate Majority Leader, Frist secured more than $200 million for Tennessee transportation projects. “Better roads mean better jobs. This bill provides funding to improve our interstates, highways and transportation infrastructure, which are critical to economic development in the 6th District and across the state,” said Alexander. “I will continue to work with Senator Frist and Congressman Gordon to make sure Tennessee communities receive the federal assistance they need to grow and prosper.” “Three mules working together to pull a wagon do a better job than one,” said Gordon.  “I am pleased to have worked with Senators Alexander and Frist to secure funding to help improve the infrastructure and quality of life in Middle Tennessee.” The legislation ensures that the State of Tennessee will receive a 26.71 percent increase in its highway formula funding over TEA-21 enacted levels. On average, Tennessee will receive an extra $168 million each year. Tennessee’s rate of return for federal highway formula funding will increase from 90.5 percent to 91.5 percent in FY07 and to 92 percent in FY08. The transit title of the highway reauthorization bill provides funding for a number of vital urban and rural transit programs and specific transit related projects. Overall, the State of Tennessee’s transit formula apportionment will increase 164 percent over the previously enacted highway reauthorization bill. Tennessee will receive $216.7 million from FY2006 through FY2009. In addition, the state will receive $44.4 million for specific transit projects across the state. The Middle Tennessee funding in the highway bill conference report includes: ·$12 million for Tennessee statewide bus replacement and implementing Intelligent Transportation Systems. ·$7.2 million to construct a bicycle and pedestrian trail in Murfreesboro. ·$6.4 million to plan and construct enhancements on North Tennessee Boulevard in Murfreesboro. ·$3.4 million to plan and construct a Rutherford County visitors center. ·$2.4 million to construct a bicycle and pedestrian trail in Smyrna. ·$2 million to construct a bicycle and pedestrian trail in Cookeville. ·$1.2 million to construct a bicycle and pedestrian trail in LaVergne. ·$532,000 to construct a bicycle and pedestrian trail in Gallatin. ·$500,000 to improve streetscape and repair pavement in Smith County. ·$500,000 to improve streetscape and repair pavement in Sumner County. ·$400,000 to conduct a study for a connector from state Route 45 to state Route 386. ·$320,000 to make interchange improvements at Interstate 65 and Highland Road. ·$320,000 to construct a bicycle and pedestrian trail in Shelbyville. ·$300,000 to plan and construct an access road for the Overton County Industrial Park. ·$200,000 to construct a bicycle and pedestrian trail in Springfield. ·$160,000 to construct a welcome center in Macon County. ·$160,000 to construct a bicycle and pedestrian trail in Eagleville. ·$80,000 to construct a bicycle and pedestrian trail in Lewisburg. ·$80,000 to construct a bicycle and pedestrian trail in Cannon County. ·$40,000 to plan and construct improvements in the Livingston public square. The conference report is expected to be approved by Senate prior to the August recess and will then go to President Bush for his signature.