Tennessee officials have announced a $2.1 billion infrastructure plan for 2020-2022 that includes funding for projects across the state, including Hamilton County.
In a statement announcing the plan, Gov. Bill Lee said: "Investing in infrastructure is an important part of driving economic opportunity throughout our state. This funding, particularly for rural Tennessee, will help to keep Tennesseans safe."
The three-year Tennessee Department of Transportation program features infrastructure investments for 139 individual project phases. It also provides support for Lee's first executive order by funding work on 86 highway and bridge projects in economically distressed and at-risk counties.
It places an emphasis on the repair and replacement of bridges, with work starting on 91 structures in 44 counties, the release states. Seventeen of those bridges are on the state highway system, with the other 74 on local roads.
The program also builds on the IMPROVE Act, which was started by former governor Bill Haslam and provides for infrastructure investments in all 95 counties through a gas tax. This year's program budgets money for 230 of the 962 projects listed as part of the 2017 legislation.
In addition to the 2020 budgeted program, partial plans for 2021 and 2022 are included, along with funding for 15 transportation programs including rockfall mitigation, spot safety improvement and the statewide HELP program. The program also provides funding for transit agencies in all 95 counties.
View a complete list of projects here.