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Tennessee Tollway Act

General Provisions

  • Tollway projects must be developed in accordance with TDOT’s Long Range Transportation Plan and specifically identified in the 3-year transportation program that TDOT submits to the General Assembly each year.  The General Assembly must approve each project.
  • Before proceeding to construction, TDOT must evaluate the potential economic, social and environmental effects of each proposed toll project.  TDOT must also conduct public hearings and solicit input from Metropolitan and/or Rural Planning Organizations. 
  • No current roads or bridges will be converted to toll roads. Only new highways, bridges or additional lanes constructed after the effective date of the act may be tolled.  HOV lanes may not be converted to high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes.
  • The Commissioner of TDOT will have the authority to set and revise tolls.  Toll collections will be used to pay for the operation of the toll project and to pay off bond debt.
  • TDOT may enter into contracts or service agreements with private companies to design, construct or operate a tollway project.  However, the Tennessee Tollway Act does not authorize “public-private partnerships” under which a private company finances, constructs and/or operates a tollway facility for private profit.
  • All state and local traffic laws will apply to tollway facilities.  The penalty for not paying a toll will be a Class C misdemeanor subject to fine only of $50.