Congressman Cohen Announces $11.2 Million Fiber Optic Corridor Between Memphis and Nashville

June 18, 2020
Press Release
TDOT project will improve traffic safety, prevent congestion

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today announced that the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will receive an $11.2 million Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for a fiber optic intelligent transportation system (ITS) along the Interstate 40 corridor between Memphis and Nashville.

Congressman Cohen partnered with Senator Lamar Alexander and endorsed the department’s application for the funding in a January 29 letter to DOT Secretary Elaine Chow, stressing the critical importance of connectivity along the 143-mile stretch of highway.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“This fiber optic modernization of the corridor between Memphis and Nashville will transform the way cars and trucks travel through Central and West Tennessee. This funding will improve efficiency and safety and paves the way for future automated cars and trucks. I look forward to seeing this work get under way.”