Wednesday, July 9 2014, 06:36 PM EDT
T-DOT Celebrates 100 Years of Service
The Tennessee Department of Transportation Help Center is celebrating 15 years of service in Chattanooga.
You've probably seen those electric yellow trucks on the side of the road. They get there moments after an issue happens on a Chattanooga highway.
"Our primary mission is to keep traffic moving," said Ranny Saint, who works the morning shift for the TDOT Help Center.
"We're trying to get everything moving as quickly as possible to avoid that secondary accident," said Saint.
He's one of three response units out on the roads during the morning rush.
"We don't call it rush hour," said Saint laughing, "we have a rush period."
But his job didn't exist 15 years ago, and neither did the TDOT help center.
The 30 million dollar system was built to monitor heavily traveled roads and dispatch trucks to quickly get to accidents.
"We're able to do a lot more with the dynamic message boards," said Charles Wyatt, a TDOT dispatcher, "We're relaying a lot more information through public service announcements."
Wyatt manages the response trucks and monitors more than 70 traffic cameras stretching west from Marion County to the 75-24 split. south from the Georgia state line, north to the fog zone in Bradley county; and all the major highways in between.
"It gives me satisfaction knowing that we have made a difference in somebody's life," said Wyatt.
The 15 year milestone is just part of TDOT's year long centennial celebration.
TDOT began in 1915, since then, they've laid more than 95,000 miles of paved roads and built a support staff to keep you safe and traffic moving.
"I'm proud to be a part of this organization because you know, I think we do a lot for the citizens and motorists,"said Saint.
All of the traffic cameras and our exclusive traffic tractor can be found on Newschannel9.com.
By Drew Bollea