TDOT Celebrates 100 Years of Transportation

This morning, a large crowd gathered at the north end of Bicentennial Mall to celebrate the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s 100th Birthday. After welcoming the audience composed of government officials, TDOT employees, reporters, and the general public, Commissioner John Schroer spoke of the enormous impact of the department’s multiple transportation systems on Tennessee’s past and future prosperity. A special time capsule—packed with items and memorabilia from this agency’s first century—was then lowered into the ground and covered with dirt by the Commissioner and attending predecessors. Finally, a large granite panel, designed by Tuck-Hinton Architects, was unveiled, one that will cover and protect the buried capsule. A celebratory chorus of “Happy Birthday” erupted, cake and ice cream was served, and a roving Jazz band provided delightful music. Special thanks to the fabricator of the granite panel, Scott Kelly of Rehorn Kelly Memorials. Onward to another 100 years!

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