Transportation Infrastructure: Keeping Nashville Moving
Nashville’s economy will continue to grow for the foreseeable future. We must prioritize managing this growth to benefit all Nashvillians. While big ticket items often get the most attention, our aging and overburdened roads, sewers, waste-management, and stormwater systems are at capacity; these are some of the biggest threats to our overall quality of life, and economic prosperity.
Serving as mayor of Oak Hill, I developed a strong understanding of the infrastructure challenges facing our community and how state and local leaders must work together to face them. As a member of the Senate Transportation committee, we recently passed the largest transportation bill in state history, thanks in large part to the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
From maintaining our roadways and bridges, to high-speed broadband and mass transit, quality infrastructure is the backbone of our economy and our public safety. I believe it’s past time to get the ball rolling on projects that will move us towards useful transit and multi-modal connectivity, as traffic gridlock continues to take hold of our federal interstates, state highways and local arterials. We can’t pave our way out of this problem, and we need to take a fresh look at how we get people out of their cars and into reliable and safe forms of public transit.
As mayor, I will work closely with Metro Planning, the Nashville Department of Transportation, members of the Greater Nashville Regional Council, the Tennessee Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration, and community stakeholders, to identify and implement local and regional solutions. With unprecedented state investment in infrastructure, now is the time for Nashville and Middle Tennessee to get moving.