Road Funding Drive Underway

A roads funding push by Governor Bill Lee that would allow express toll lanes to be built on some highways in Tennessee and would increase fees on drivers with electric or hybrid vehicles, cleared a key hurdle with state lawmakers on Monday. The Senate voted to advance what has been a top priority of the governor, leaving its fate up to the House. The governor says the timing is crucial to focus on roads. With Tennessee’s rapid growth and truck traffic, state transportation officials say $26 billion in projects are needed to address worsening congestion.