NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) –- The Tennessee Department of Transportation is finished with its second annual statewide tour of projects in each of the department's four regions.
The week-long tours started in mid-August in Cannon County and concluded last week in Sullivan County. The tours were designed to give local, state, and transportation officials an opportunity to view projects under construction in their areas and to learn more about future projects announced earlier this year in TDOT’s Three Year Program.
“Having strong partnerships with local governments across the state allows TDOT to better identify the transportation needs in each community and to invest in projects that have the most positive impacts for these areas,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “These regional projects tours have provided me and other staff members an invaluable opportunity to meet face-to-face with local and state leaders and have productive discussions about improving Tennessee’s transportation system.”
In 16 days, the TDOT Projects Tour logged more than 3,200 miles, stopped in 43 counties and reviewed 99 projects either under construction or under development. City and county mayors in 66 areas joined, along with 50 members of the Tennessee General Assembly and representatives from Tennessee's Congressional Delegation. Several staff members from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development also joined the tours.
“These tours were ambitious and required a tremendous amount of planning and coordination by TDOT staff,” added Schroer. “The excellent participation we had all across the state proves it was well worth the effort.”