Posted 12/5/22

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has announced his infrastructure proposal, Build With Us, to address critical transportation needs across the state.

The proposed legislation will ensure the Tennessee Department of Transportation meets the state’s current and future transportation challenges, both urban and rural, to prepare for increased economic advantages.

Tennessee’s growth is far outpacing roadway capacity investments. $26 billion is needed over and above the 2017 IMPROVE Act to address both urban and rural congestion in Tennessee. This includes nearly $14 billion in the four major urban areas, Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga, and Knoxville. The additional $12 million will be used in rural areas of the state.

The proposal seeks the use of Public-Private Partnerships that allow private investment in new roadway infrastructure. Tennessee is the only state in the southeast that does not allow such partnerships for developing roads and bridges.