TDOT takes over upkeep of major Memphis roads

By Jessica Holley, WMC Staff

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) – The state of Tennessee is now responsible for the upkeep of some of the busiest and most-traveled roads in Memphis.

The switch officially happened July 1 after the city of Memphis ended its decades-long maintenance agreement with the state that had Memphis keeping up with state routes.

The roads are another 800 miles that the state will be tasked with keeping up.

Potholes, trash, mowing and preparing for snow and ice are now the responsibility of TDOT.

The city said it was losing money on the previous deal.

“The option is up to the city,” TDOT operations district engineer Brandon Akins said. “The department does give that option to each city across the state of Tennessee.”

But as the city of Memphis returns its focus to keeping up with its own road repairs, the state is bolstering its crews and adding more equipment to Shelby County to maintain hundreds of lane miles.

The roads affected include:

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