Regional Planning

James K. Polk Building, Suite 900
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0344

Regional Planning activities facilitate the statewide long range transportation planning process in Tennessee's eleven Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO).

Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Coordination

Federal transportation legislation requires all urbanized areas of 50,000 or greater population to maintain a continuing, comprehensive and cooperative transportation planning process. The organization responsible for carrying out this transportation planning process is called a Metropolitan Planning Organization. Federal funding for transportation projects and programs are channeled through this planning process. Through the Long Range Planning Division, the Regional Planning Office is responsible for the statewide coordination and oversight of the transportation planning process in Tennessee's eleven MPO areas.

Functional Classification and State Aid

Functional Classification is the process by which streets and highways are grouped into classes, or systems, according to the character of service they are intended to provide. Systems Section is responsible for the determination and classification of the individual roadways.

I-65 Corridor Study

The I-65 Multimodal Corridor Study is an 18-month study covering a distance of 120.16 miles, from the Alabama state line to the Kentucky state line.  TDOT will be working with you, your neighbors, and your local officials to collect as much information as possible to make this study successful.

Other Planning Studies

For more information, please contact Deborah Fleming, Sr. Regional Planner, by phone at (615) 741-3507 or by email at