- Associated Press - Friday, June 15, 2018

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Memphis says it is turning over maintenance of 22 state roads in the city limits back to the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

A news release posted on the city’s website says Memphis is not renewing a contract with the department in which the city repairs potholes, clears snow and ice and removes trash on state roads that also serve as prominent city streets.

Those roads include Elvis Presley Boulevard, Danny Thomas Boulevard and B.B. King Boulevard. Heavily-traveled Lamar Ave., a commercial artery that runs into Mississippi and leads motorists into Arkansas, is also a state road.

Officials said the contract ends June 30. The city said the change will allow it to focus on neighborhood streets.

TDOT is working on a system to receive reports of potholes and litter.

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