Posted on November 18, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today announced that the Fiscal Year 2006 Transportation, Treasury, Judiciary, and Housing & Urban Development Appropriations conference report includes funding for important transportation and economic development initiatives across Tennessee. The conference report must now be passed by the House and Senate and go to the President for signature before becoming law. “This funding will strengthen and expand Tennessee’s transportation infrastructure, help address our state’s housing needs, and encourage economic development,” Frist said. “A strong infrastructure drives job creation and improves all Tennesseans’ quality of life. Senator Alexander and I will continue to support initiatives that make Tennessee a great place to live and work.” “Tennessee’s transportation and housing infrastructure play vital roles in our economic development,” Alexander said. “This legislation improves that infrastructure in communities from the Smoky Mountains across Tennessee to the Mississippi River. This federal funding assists local transportation and housing initiatives by helping to create jobs, limit congestion, and increase alternatives for transportation. I will continue to work with Senator Frist to support these important Tennessee projects.” Tennessee funding in the bill includes: Statewide $5.5 million for statewide bus and bus facility funding. This funding will be used to help transit agencies across the state improve their transit systems through the purchase of new buses and enhanced facilities. West Tennessee $4.5 million for U.S. 64 / State Route 15 to support ongoing construction efforts. This vital highway stretches across 10 southern Tennessee counties beginning in Shelby County and connecting to Interstate 24 in Grundy County. $1.9 million for Interstate 69. This funding is in addition to the more than $110 million secured in the recently passed highway reauthorization bill to fund construction of Interstate 69 within the State of Tennessee. $2.5 million for the Beale Street Landing and Docking Facility, which will provide safe docking for vessels and passengers coming in and out of the City of Memphis from the Mississippi River. $2 million for restoration of the historic Cobblestone Landing along the Memphis riverfront. Funding will be used to restore and repair the City’s historic Cobblestone Landing and to construct a safe walkway. $1.375 million for the Memphis International Airport intermodal facility to improve parking and ease congestion. $1 million for the Plough Boulevard Interchange at Winchester Road which will improve traffic flow around the Memphis International Airport. $1 million for the Everett-Stewart Airport in Union City to extend the runway and expand cargo operations. $600,000 for the Carroll County Watershed Authority in Carroll County for land acquisition. Middle Tennessee $6 million for the Nashville East Corridor Commuter Rail project. Funding will be used to help complete construction, and daily commuter service on the Music City Star is expected to begin in the spring of 2006. $1.375 million for the Nashville International Airport, to rehabilitate runways and facilitate capital improvements. $700,000 for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee in Nashville to expand its distribution center. Second Harvest serves 46 counties throughout Middle Tennessee. $600,000 for the Upper Cumberland Regional Airport in Cookeville to extend the runway. $250,000 for Smith County to support construction and infrastructure improvements to a Health, Senior, and Education complex. East Tennessee $1 million to support the Low Cost Carbon Fiber Production Technology research program at the University of Tennessee Space Institute. Funding will be used to continue development of low cost carbon fiber production technologies for commercial applications and significantly reduce the cost for carbon fiber production. $750,000 for the City of Clinton to renovate the Green McAdoo Cultural Center. Funds will be used to renovate the Green McAdoo School, the historical site of the first desegregated public school in the South, and transform the building into a cultural museum. $500,000 for Technology 2020 in Oak Ridge to support the East Tennessee Nanotechnology Initiative. $300,000 for the Chattanooga African American Chamber of Commerce, to construct the Martin Luther King Business Solutions Center. $200,000 for the Big South Fork Visitors Center in Cumberland County to develop new visitor facilities.