Haslam says plans to increase funding for roads not likely to go forward

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Governor Bill Haslam says any plans to increase revenue for highway maintenance and road projects are not likely to move forward in 2016.

Haslam’s administration has been looking at ways to increase funding for the Tennessee Department of Transportation to repair Tennessee’s crumbling roads.

But those plans are on hold with the 2016 legislative session drawing near an end.

“I think it’s becoming increasingly unlikely that will have a bill this year,” Gov. Haslam told News 2.

That means drivers will continue to experience the status quo on Tennessee roads.

Angela Assalone commutes about 15 miles from Bellevue every day. Roads like Interstate 440 make that commute tricky.

“The ridges and potholes on the road right there are really nerve-wracking,” said Assalone.

TDOT’s budget comes from the gas tax.

When you buy one gallon of gasoline, you pay a flat rate of 39.8 cents in state and federal gas tax.

The last increase in Tennessee’s gas tax was in 1989. Since then, costs have gone up. And since vehicles are more fuel-efficient than before, we pay less in gas taxes than we used to.

Currently, TDOT has a $6 billion backlog in road projects.

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