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Corker Pleased Committee-Passed Transportation, Treasury, and Housing & Urban Development (THUD)

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Location: Washington, DC

Corker Pleased Committee-Passed Transportation, Treasury, and Housing & Urban Development (THUD)
Appropriations Bill Includes Funding for Tennessee Transportation and Housing Projects

U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today announced that the Fiscal Year 2009 Transportation, Treasury, and Housing & Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bill, which the Senate Appropriations Committee approved yesterday, includes important funding he requested for Tennessee transportation and housing projects.

"Funding for these projects will improve and expand Tennessee's transportation infrastructure and promote economic development in our state." Corker said.

Tennessee funding in the bill includes:

• $1.5 million for US Route 64 for construction and reconstruction of the US64/SR 15 four-lane corridor being developed to connect the Memphis region to I-24 west of Chattanooga, designated as a strategic regional corridor in the state's long-range transportation plan.

• $1 million for State Route 317 to provide a connection between the new Enterprise South Industrial Park interchange on I-75 and Collegedale in Hamilton County.

• $1 million for East Tennessee Human Resources Agency to replace wheelchair accessible vehicles which provide transportation to the elderly and disabled in a 16 county area to medical and other appointments.

• $800,000 for the Memphis Bioworks Foundation for construction of the UT-Baptist Research Park in the downtown Memphis Medical District.

• $750,000 for the Nashville International Airport for the reconstruction and improvements of Runway 2L-20R.

• $500,000 for Interstate 69. This funding is in addition to the more than $113 million secured previously to fund construction of Interstate 69 within the State of Tennessee.

The legislation must now be considered and approved by the full United States Senate.

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