NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely today named Joe Carpenter the new Chief of Environment and Planning for TDOT. Carpenter currently serves as the Assistant Chief Engineer for Design at TDOT. Carpenter will replace Ed Cole, who is leaving TDOT to become the first Executive Director for the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee.
“During his time with TDOT Joe Carpenter has demonstrated his ability to effectively manage TDOT’s design, right of way and structures divisions, which has allowed him to work closely with the Environment and Planning Bureau on a number of environmentally sensitive projects,” said Nicely. “Ed Cole has been an invaluable asset and has initiated dramatic changes in TDOT’s environmental policies in his seven year tenure with the department. I’m confident Mr. Carpenter will help us continue to build on that momentum.”