Moore Wraps Up 36 Years as TDOT Chief Engineer

Mon March 01, 2004 - Southeast Edition

The long-time Chief Engineer of the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is pulling off the state highways for good. Bill Moore recently announced his plans to retire from the department April 1, concluding 36 years of service.

“The contributions Bill Moore has made to our state are immeasurable,” said TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely.  “He is a great leader in the department.  He feels a deep responsibility to the people of Tennessee.  Due in large part to his efforts, Tennessee roads are consistently ranked among the best in the nation.  I am deeply appreciative of his assistance in managing many of the changes the new administration brought to TDOT over the past year.”

Moore directs the activities of eight TDOT divisions and four regional offices in the state.  He supervises those in charge of the design, maintenance and operations areas of TDOT’s transportation system. 

Moore worked with the administrations of eight governors.  He served under 12 different TDOT Commissioners.  He also worked closely with members of the Tennessee General Assembly to assist with the development of transportation projects.

“I have known Bill for many, many years,” said Tennessee Speaker of the House Jimmy Naifeh.  “He has been an outstanding public servant and a friend.  Bill has served the people of Tennessee well and we will miss him in state government.  I wish him well.”

Moore’s career began just as the nation’s interstate system was being developed.  But he says it’s the state’s new Intelligent Transportation System, TDOT SmartWay, that he’s the most proud of.

“It’s the wave of the future,” Moore said.  “TDOT SmartWay will make highway travel safer and more efficient in every major urban area.  It’s the icing on the cake for me.”

During Moore’s three and a half decades with TDOT he held numerous key national positions in the transportation industry and received many awards. He is a member of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ (AASHTO) Standing Committee on Highways, where he serves as Chairman of the Highway Subcommittee on Traffic Engineering. 

A Registered Professional Engineer in Tennessee, Moore was awarded the 1998 Outstanding Alumnus Award from the College of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Tennessee, where he also serves on the Board of Advisors.  In 2000, he was presented the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers’ Government Engineer of the Year Award, and in 2001, he received TDOT’s Distinguished Career Award.  As past President of the Tennessee Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, in 2002, he received ITE’s Volunteer Award for Distinguished Service.

“In addition to winning personal awards, TDOT won dozens of awards under Bill’s leadership,” Nicely added.  “He will be missed by his colleagues and by TDOT employees, from members of our road crews, all the way to top level supervisors. Bill says he hopes to be doing some private-sector transportation industry work in the future, along with spending a lot of time with his wife at their home on the beach in Florida.”

Nicely said an acting chief engineer would be named in the near future.