United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) Thursday said a $25 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to the city of Spring Hill will help reduce traffic congestion in Middle Tennessee.
“It’s not a secret, traffic congestion in and around the Nashville area is a headache– right now, if you take I-65 from Spring Hill to Nashville, you’re probably late to work because you’re sitting in at least an hour of traffic. This $25 million federal grant will create a new avenue for Middle Tennesseans to get to work more quickly,” Alexander said. “This was a highly competitive grant and Spring Hill will receive $25 million, which is the most any applicant can receive. This award is a great compliment to our state and its leadership.”
The city of Spring Hill will receive a $25 million federal grant to construct a new interchange between I-65 and I-840 and an extension of Buckner Road from Bunker Lane to Lewisburg Pike to connect the new interchange. The federal grant is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) program, which awards competitive grants to communities in Tennessee and across the country to fund significant transportation projects, including highways and bridges, public transportation systems, passenger and freight railroads and port infrastructure.
The BUILD grant program is funded by the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations subcommittee, of which Alexander is a member. In Fiscal Year 2018, the BUILD grant was federally funded at $1.5 billion.