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TDOT Commissioner and Deputy Governor Butch Eley speaks to reporters at the State Capitol about ways the state can raise money to fund road projects.

As Tennessee faces $26 billion in unfunded road congestion projects, Gov. Bill Lee’s administration will ask the legislature to authorize partnerships with private companies to manage alternative toll or express lanes to alleviate congestion and to help raise revenue for road projects.

As the state’s population has grown, gas tax revenue is no longer keeping pace with increasing congestion and new road needs. Lee has said he will not raise the gas tax rate, and opposes taking on any debt to build new roads. Lee also opposes imposing tolls for all drivers on certain roads, transportation commissioner Butch Eley told reporters recently.

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