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Tennessee will invest $15 million in repaving efforts: Here’s how much

While the snow from January’s winter storm has long since melted away, the potholes remain; Thus, the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s efforts to repave roads continue. On May 2, TDOT announced that the department will invest an additional $15 million in a total of 121 projects statewide to address persistent potholes.

TDOT will repaving several locations in Sumner, Cheatham, Williamson, Maury, Rutherford, Marshall, Giles, Lincoln, Bedford, Stewart, Cheatham, Montgomery and Davidson counties.

“Warmer temperatures in the spring and early summer months mean asphalt plants regularly produce the hot mix needed for more permanent repairs,” TDOT said in a news release. “Most projects involve milling, which means removing the top layer and covering it with a layer of fresh asphalt.”

The money will be divided among the four regions of the state. Region One (the Knoxville area) will receive $3.3 million for 28 projects, Region Two (the Chattanooga area) will receive $2.85 million for 43 projects, Region Three (the Nashville area) will receive $4.8 million for 33 projects and Region Four (the Jackson area) will receive $4.05 million for 17 projects.

“We are able to do this work because of the across-the-board funding provided to the department under the Transportation Modernization Act. The $15 million is the general fund dollars we have reallocated to our maintenance activities for these additional projects,” said Rebekah Hammonds, regional communications officer for TDOT. “We could not have done the work with our usual maintenance budget alone.”

How much has TDOT invested in road repaving in Middle Tennessee?

Since January, Middle Tennessee has used 3,709,040 pounds of hot mix and cold patch materials, Hammonds said. According to TDOT, $3,413,561 has been invested in road repairs in Middle Tennessee since the winter storm. Statewide, the department has invested $9,030,663.

When is the repaving expected to be completed?

Hammonds said the hope is to complete the repairs within the summer season.

Will repaving efforts cause traffic delays?

TDOT said drivers should anticipate short-term traffic delays during operations. Efforts will be made to carry out repairs during off-peak hours (9am to 3pm on weekdays), but some lanes may be closed until late afternoon, evenings and weekends.

How do repaving efforts in 2024 compare to previous years?

From January through March 2024, Middle Tennessee used 3,484,900 pounds of patch material, more than double the amount used in 2023. According to TDOT, motorists also felt the impact much more than in previous years as a result of the winter storm.

Middle Tennessee has used significantly greater amounts of patching material than in previous years.  In 2024, the region used 3,484,900 pounds of material, more than double the amount used in 2023.Middle Tennessee has used significantly greater amounts of patching material than in previous years.  In 2024, the region used 3,484,900 pounds of material, more than double the amount used in 2023.

Middle Tennessee has used significantly greater amounts of patching material than in previous years. In 2024, the region used 3,484,900 pounds of material, more than double the amount used in 2023.

Diana Leyva covers trending news and service journalism for The Tennessean. Contact her at (email protected) or follow her on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, at @_leyvadiana

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