According to the Bristol Herald Courier a 2.5-mile section of state Route 44 near South Holston Lake is slated to receive a new coat of asphalt this summer under the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s 2010-2012 Multimodal Transportation Program.
The program spells out the department’s top construction priorities for the next three years, TDOT Chief Engineer Paul Degges said Monday.
“These projects will definitely make it,” Degges said. “Everything’s lining up for them.”
The proposal also includes plans to widen a portion of state Route 75 near Tri-Cities Regional Airport in Blountville and repair six Sullivan County bridges.
Degges would not give a cost estimate for each construction project because contractors will bid on them. But money for each will come from one of three sources: the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, TDOT’s normal highway construction budget and a proposed $350 million state bridge bond program.
TDOT will receive $572 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act or President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus package, Degges said. The department will use $485 million of this on highway projects, he said, while the remaining money will be used on mass transit projects and projects selected by the state’s various metropolitan planning organizations.
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