Stories of the Road

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is gathering stories and memorabilia about the roadways which have dramatically improved our state’s economic development and quality of life. Read on for stories from the early days of Tennessee’s Interstate System.

Stories are edited for clarity, and preference is given to stories of less than 250 words. Only the writer’s first initial, last name and hometown will be published on our Blog. Submit stories by emailing them to

They also may be mailed to: “Interstate Stories,” TDOT Community Relations Division, 700 James K. Polk Building, 505 Deaderick Street, Nashville, TN 37243.

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Stories from TDOT staff, past and present

Stories from state and federal officials, current and past

Stories from famous personalities

Stories from road builders

Stories from the traveling public