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State's transportation needs highlight Thursday hearing

Hank Hayes • Oct 26, 2015 at 6:00 PM

KINGSPORT - Tennessee Senate Transportation and Safety Committee Chairman Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville, will host a hearing in Kingsport Thursday as he travels across the state for meetings to discuss the state’s roads and transportation needs.

The meeting will be at 10 a.m. at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education.

During a recent stop in Kingsport, Gov. Bill Haslam said Tennessee has $6 billion in unfunded transportation needs.

The state's 21.4-cent gas tax hasn't gone up since 1989.

In a release prepared by the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, Tracy said he wants to get input from a wide variety of citizens and community leaders regarding solutions to the challenges the state faces in funding Tennessee’s transportation infrastructure.

Presentations will also be made by Susan Mattson, principal legislative research analyst for the State Comptroller's Office and Bill Moore, P.E., former chief engineer at the Tennessee Department of Transportation and chairman of the Tennessee Infrastructure Alliance.

Local legislators are expected be in attendance, as well.

“These hearings are to discuss solutions to fund the long-term needs of Tennessee’s transportation system,” Tracy said. “Our needs are multi-faceted and there are several options which have been offered. I want to hear from a wide variety of citizens and community leaders regarding these options, as well as other suggestions about what we can do to improve our roads.”

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