The Tennessee Department of Transportation is kicking off a week-long celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Department’s HELP program, a highway assistance program operating in Tennessee’s most heavily congested urban areas – Nashville, Knoxville, Memphis and Chattanooga.

The program began in 1999 to reduce traffic congestion, improve safety and assist motorists in distress.

On Friday, June 28, 2019, HELP drivers from across the state will join in a convoy of emergency response partner agencies including the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Metro Police, as well as towing and other first responders. Once the convoy arrives at TDOT’s Regional Office, a special ceremony will be held to honor 12 TDOT employees who were among the first HELP crew in 1999.

The TDOT HELP Program 20th Anniversary Convoy and Ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. leaving from the Tennessee Highway Patrol Training Facility, 283 Stewarts Ferry Pike, Nashville. The convoy is expected to arrive at noon at the TDOT Region 3 Complex, 6601 Centennial Boulevard, Nashville, where the ceremonies will take place.

TDOT is using its social media platforms all week to showcase the men and women in the HELP program and provide fun facts about the program’s success over the last 20 years. Motorists will also be invited to share their HELP stories and thank these employees for their service to the state.

Throughout this week, follow TDOT on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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