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TDOT Releases Statement On Controversial Statue Seen From Interstate 65

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Posted at 9:59 PM, Jul 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-30 17:10:21-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro Council has been wanting to block a controversial statue along Interstate 65.

However, it doesn't appear those with the Tennessee Department of Transportation will help cover the art or the cost.

Tuesday night, council members passed a resolution asking the state to plant trees and vegetation in front of the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue seen from the interstate.

NewsChannel 5 reached out to those with TDOT, which could play a role in planting, but officials released the following statement:

“The statue in question is on private property. Planting trees or other vegetation in this location raises serious questions about what role TDOT should play in covering statues, billboards, or signs on private property that may be offensive to some.”

State crews actually cleared the brush around the statue almost 20 years ago to make it more visible from the roadway.