TDOT funds the County Seat Connector program.
As part of the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Long Range Transportation Plan, the department is committed to accelerating the connection of county seats to interstates in areas where the needs are the greatest.
The County Seat Connector Initiative was created after the passage of TCA 54-5-102. Part B of that legislation states that "It is the intent of the general assembly that all county seats should be connected by a four-lane highway to the nearest interstate highway by the shortest route available over an existing state or federal highway."
As part of our budgetary process TDOT administrators consider these connections along with all other facets of project and budget analysis when developing the annual work program to be submitted to the legislature.
At this date, May, 2007, 61 county seats have either been “connected” and are open to traffic or are under construction or funded for construction. Fourteen county seats are currently in some phase of development.