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How did we get our roads? What prompted their creation? What effort goes into maintaining them? This is Highway See. In every episode, we’ll answer those questions and get you to “see” Tennessee’s highway system for the engineering marvel that it is. Subscribe now, and we’ll see you on the highway!

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How did we get our roads? What prompted their creation? What effort goes into maintaining them? This is Highway See. In every episode, we’ll answer those questions and get you to “see” Tennessee’s highway system for the engineering marvel that it is. Subscribe now, and we’ll see you on the highway!

    Stagecoach Roads to Interstates in Tennessee

    Stagecoach Roads to Interstates in Tennessee

    Roads have been an instrumental part of human history for thousands of years. From the first paved Roman roads that crisscrossed Europe, to the modern-day interstate, the history of the road is crucial to our own stories. That is certainly the case for Tennessee as we take a deep dive into the history of our state’s roadways. From the earliest wagon roads that connected the frontier's newest towns, to the essential highways of today upon which Tennessee’s infrastructure, economy, and transportation system depend.

    For this episode of Highway See, we’re going to cover the history of our roads from covered wagons and stagecoach to the modern interstate system. Tune in as Chris interviews a wide spectrum of Tennesseans whose insight and historical knowledge pave the way for our journey!

    Show Notes

    In this episode, host Chris Hill explains the factors of how Tennessee roads came to be.
    The history of Tennessee’s roads
    Early roadways and the “Old Stage Road”
    The Amis Family and their famous road house where Andrew Jackson overnighted
    William Blount and the earliest known piece of mail from the Southwest territory
    Photos of macadam road construction in Rogersville
    Important early roads and the formation of the Tennessee Department of Transportation
    Woodrow Wilson and the “Federal Aid Road Act”
    Dwight D. Eisenhower advancement of the interstate system
    The history of Tennessee’s interstates
    The great American roadtrip as shared by Cecil Cook

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    Tennessee Infrastructure Alliance: http://tninfrastructure.org/

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    Crisis on the Memphis Bridge

    Crisis on the Memphis Bridge

    Bridges are everyday parts of our lives that we often take for granted, but when one goes down, we notice their significant impact. That is where this episode of Highway See begins. On May 11, 2021, a routine inspection of the Hernando de Soto Bridge, which spans the mighty Mississippi River in Memphis, Tennessee, revealed a fracture in an integral part of the bridge’s construction. All traffic on the bridge, and below the bridge, was brought to an immediate halt. Both interstate I-40 and the Mississippi River, crucial veins in commerce and economic traffic, were severed. For this riveting episode of Highway See we take the deep dive into the drama of the “Memphis Bridge.”


    From the discovery of the fracture, to the phenomenal team of experts who solved the issue of the repair, to the vastly successful reopening of the bridge, we cover it all. Tune into this episode for the whole story!


    On this Special Episode, host Chris Hill guides us through the crucial tale:
    The Discovery of the Fracture on May 11, 2021
    The joint ownership of the I-40 bridge by Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT)
    Former TDOT Commissioner Clay Bright, TDOT Structures  and the Impact of the Bridge Closure
    An Expert Team Gets to Work
    The Bridge from Fracture to Repair: The Three Phases
    The Resounding Successes of the Repair
    The Way We Think about Bridges in the Future

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    • 48 min
    Tennessee's Roads from Origin to the Automobile

    Tennessee's Roads from Origin to the Automobile

    Long before the modern convenience of many miles of well maintained asphalt roads, a “road” was a different thing altogether. So far on Highway See we’ve covered a big picture of the history of Tennessee’s road system. With that in mind, now it is time to start diving into the answers to one crucial question. How did these roads come about? On this episode we’re going to step back into time to get a glimpse, through some invigorating historical documents and commentary, of the earliest days of road building and the communities involved across the state of Tennessee.

    In this episode host Chris Hill guides us through these fascinating early days of roads:
    George Webb Reveals Some Fascinating Documents
    The First Roads Both Near and Far
    The History of Tennessee’s First Roads: The Avery Trace and The Walton Road
    The Rise of the Macadam Road
    The Beginnings of Tennessee’s Road Administrators
    The Rise of the Automobile
    The Memphis to Bristol Highway
    The State Highway Department and Commission
    George’s Great American Road Trip



    Links
    Learn more about this episode at: https://highwaysee.com
    An Act to Cut and Clear a Waggon Road to the Settlements on the Cumberland River in the Mero District: https://teva.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/tfd/id/531/
    MacAdamized Roads: https://www.britannica.com/biography/John-Loudon-McAdam
    Tennessee’s First State Road: https://knoxfocus.com/archives/tennessees-first-state-road/
    Tennessee Virtual Archive Memphis to Bristol Highway:https://teva.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p15138coll23/id/53/rec/1

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    The History of Tennessee’s Road System

    The History of Tennessee’s Road System

    Almost 100,000 miles of roads and interstate highways span across the state of Tennessee. Today, it’s easy to take for granted the system that connects rural and urban communities to each other and the rest of America. But 200 years ago, almost none of th

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