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Roads, Bridges, & Engineering
Functions & Responsibilities
Darren Sanders

Charles Wood
Deputy Administrator

6449 Haley Rd.
Memphis, TN  38134

Ph: (901) 222-7705

Monday - Friday
7:00 am - 3:00pm
The primary focus of the Roads, Bridges, and Engineering Department is to promote efficient transportation and to ensure the safety of any citizen or non-citizen that commutes within the jurisdiction of the Shelby County government.

Providing Safe, Efficient Transportation
Shelby County road construction has been an integral part of local government’s initiative to improve transportation infrastructure since the early 1800s. In May 1820, road construction was the first act imposed by the Shelby County government because of its vital role in improving safe, efficient, and effective public commuting services.

Presently, the Roads, Bridges, and Engineering Department is accountable for the construction, improvement, and maintenance of approximately 800 miles of road network, 14,834 drainage structures, and 192 bridges. It also develops and manages topographic informational databases (shapefile format) of Shelby County’s infrastructures for public and private (cost incurred) use. Additionally, the Roads and Bridges Department is also accountable for:
  • 3,100 miles of drainage easement
  • Dead animal removal and disposal services
  • Grading a daily average of 2.7 miles of roadside ditching
  • Maintenance of 3,000 county-owned lots and 1,600 miles of land easements
  • Roadside litter removal and disposal of approximately 120,000 pounds daily
  • Servicing various forms of road damage

Note: This department is funded solely through gasoline taxes collected by the State of Tennessee.

Reporting Road Damage / Obstruction
To report road damage, obstructions such as potholes, or debris affecting unincorporated roadways and other situations within the Roads and Bridges Department’s jurisdiction, please complete our online Report a Concern or contact the Mayor's Action Center at (901) 222-2300.

Holiday Hours:    Closed Friday, April 3, 2015, for Good Friday.

Vasco A. Smith, Jr. County Administration Building • (901) 222-2300
160 North Main Street Memphis TN 38103
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