Tennessee DOT chief eyes “fundamental change”

The recently passed P3 legislation in Tennessee will transform the state’s ability to deliver infrastructure, its deputy governor and commissioner of transportation has said.

Butch Eley has said that the new law will allow the state to fix urban congestion “and then go out and expand many of our rural interstates…with state dollars”.

Speaking during an interview with The CEO Magazine, Eley suggested that the legislation is also looking to change the state Department of Transportation’s delivery model, moving into a more integrated approach.

“This is a fundamental change to allow the private sector to finance, build, operate and maintain these facilities around the state,” he added.

Tennessee governor Bill Lee signed the new legislation into law earlier this year, having championed P3 as an important way to deliver new infrastructure across the state.