Maybe you were a part of the hardworking road crew that built the first stretch of Tennessee Interstate, I-65 at the Tennessee-Alabama line, completed in 1958. Or maybe you remember the time your family piled into the Chevrolet Impala to take that first breathtaking trip over Monteagle Mountain on the newly opened I-24.
As part of a national celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956, which resulted in the Interstate system, the Tennessee Department of Transportation is gathering stories and memorabilia about this nationwide project that has dramatically improved our economic development and quality of life.
“Many Tennesseans living today cannot remember life without Interstates,” said TDOT Communications Manager and Interstate at 50 Chairman Luanne Grandinetti. “That’s why it’s so important for us to record the stories of those who helped build the system, as well as the stories of those who traveled those sections of roadway during those early years.”
TDOT wants to know how the development of our Interstate system, which we often now take for granted, changed your life. We’d also love to see – and share – your pictures from early interstate construction or from family road trips during the 1960s-1980s.
Stories and photos accepted for publication will appear on this Web site on our Interstate Blog link. Stories will be edited for clarity, and preference will be given to stories of less than 250 words. To be considered, letters must include the writer’s name, street address and a daytime telephone number. Only the writer’s first initial, last name, hometown and state will be published on our Website. Writers who would like their e-mail addresses published should include that address with their story.
Submit stories by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
They also may be mailed to: “Interstate Stories,” TDOT Community Relations Division, 700 James K. Polk Building, 505 Deaderick Street, Nashville, TN 37243.
Submitted stories and photographs become the property of the State of Tennessee and may appear on the Tennessee Department of Transportation Web site, in newsletters and trade magazines or used for other promotional purposes.
Thank you for sharing a part of Tennessee history.