TDOT 50th Anniversary Celebrations

Pre-Anniversary EventsApril 28, 2020 – Fifth Grade Poster Contest on the 50th Anniversary of the Interstate.

June 1, 2020 – Opening of an exhibit at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville, 505 Deaderick Street, featuring the history of the Tennessee Interstate System and Senator Albert Gore, Sr. and his contributions to the creation of the system.

June 26 to June 27, 2020 – Representatives from TDOT travel to Tinley Park, Illinois will join up with a national convoy from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., commemorating the Interstate System. The TDOT group will be part of the convoy leg from Tinley Park to Akron, Ohio.

Anniversary Date, June 29, 2020 Events

June 29, 2020 – State convoy will travel I-65 from Nashville to the Tennessee Welcome Center in Giles County to unveil a marker commemorating the first section of interstate opened in Tennessee.

Official Anniversary Celebration Ceremony will begin at 12:30 at the Bicentennial Mall in downtown Nashville, Tenn.

The ceremony will be at the Zero Highway Mile Marker (at the front of the mall near James Robertson Parkway), which was erected to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Interstate System. State convoy will leave at 1 p.m. from Bicentennial Mall.

June 29, 2020 – A special historic marker will be unveiled at the Memphis Welcome Center commemorating the U.S. Supreme Court decision which ultimately resulted in the removal of the Overton Park section of I-40 from the Interstate System.

June 29, 2020 – Celebration of the 50th anniversary in Chattanooga on a bridge over I-24 near Missionary Ridge.

June 29, 2020 – Celebration of the 50th anniversary in Knoxville at 10 a.m. at the TDOT Region Complex off I-40 at Strawberry Plains.

June 29, 2020 – From 10 am. until noon, special postal cancellations will be available to commemorate the 50th Anniversary. The cancellations will be at the Tennessee State Museum in the James K. Polk State Office Building in Nashville. A limited number of commemorative postcards will be available, but other mail can be cancelled as well. Please bring your own stamps.

Post-Anniversary Events

July 2020 – Unveiling of a 50th Anniversary marker in the Smith County Welcome Center commemorating the contributions of Senator Albert Gore, Sr. who authored of the legislation creating the U.S. Interstate System.

September 2020 – Presentation of an “Oral History of the Interstate” to the Gore Center at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro.

November 2020 – Publication of a history of the Tennessee Interstate System, “The Decades of the Interstate,” a collaborative effort between TDOT and the Tennessee Road Builders Association.