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BY ALEXANDER WILLIS

A new interchange is set to be constructed in Spring Hill after U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander announced that the city will receive a $25 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to help reduce its heavy traffic congestion.

“It’s not a secret, traffic congestion in and around the Nashville area is a headache – right now, if you take I-65 from Spring Hill to Nashville, you’re probably late to work because you’re sitting in at least an hour of traffic,” Alexander said in a statement. “This $25 million federal grant will create a new avenue for Middle Tennesseans to get to work more quickly.”

The grant money will be used to construct a new interchange on I-65 at Buckner Road, as well to construct an extension of Buckner Road from Buckner Lane to Lewisburg Pike, connecting the new interchange.

“This was a highly competitive grant and Spring Hill will receive $25 million, which is the most any applicant can receive,” Alexander said in a statement. “This award is a great compliment to our state and its leadership.”

The federal grant comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) program, which itself is funded by the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations subcommittee, on which Alexander is a sitting member.

The BUILD program awards competitive grants to communities in Tennessee and the United States at large to help fund highways, public transportation systems, bridges, freight railroads and more.

The BUILD grant had federal funding of $1.5 billion during the 2018 fiscal year, and continues to seek out communities that would benefit most from its financial support.

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