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Tennessee

2016 Report Card GPA:
C

2016 TN Report Cover_300px2016 Report Card for Tennessee's Infrastructure

Tennessee, the “Volunteer State,” the “Country Music Capital of the World,” boasts the official slogan, “Tennessee – America at Its Best.” Already, Tennessee has been named “Best place to move to.” What would it take for Tennessee to be known as the “Home of America’s Best Infrastructure”?

The American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) 2016 Report Card for Tennessee’s Infrastructure grades Tennessee’s infrastructure a “C” – the same grade the state received in 2009. Considerable investments have been made across the state to improve our infrastructure. Funds from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act initiated numerous projects. The Tennessee Department of Transportation’s (TDOT) Better Bridges Program replaced, repaired, or rehabilitated 193 state-owned structurally deficient bridges. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) received funding to upgrade facilities at two of the state’s premier parks. However, these investments won’t stop our existing infrastructure from aging, nor stop the need for infrastructure to keep up with dramatic population growth.

We rarely consider the impact infrastructure has on our daily lives, from the water we drink and the roads we drive on, to the power we use to light our homes and the food we put on our tables. Volunteers from the Tennessee Section of ASCE developed this Report Card for Tennessee’s Infrastructure to help all Tennesseans understand the state of our infrastructure so we can work together to earn our next “Best of…” award: Tennessee – Home of America’s Best Infrastructure.

Read the full Report Card here.

Read the Tennessee Brochure here.

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Tennessee Infrastructure Grades

2016 Report Card GPA:
C
Aviation
B-
Bridges
B
Dams
D
Drinking Water
C
Inland Waterways
C-
Parks
C
Roads
C+
Schools
C-
Transit
D+
Wastewater
D+

A: Exceptional, B: Good, C: Mediocre, D: Poor, F: Failing, ?: Incomplete

Each category was evaluated on the basis of capacity, condition, funding, future need, operation and maintenance, public safety, resilience, and innovation

Key Facts About Tennessee Infrastructure

Aviation

69 public-use airports

Bridges

1,157 of the 20,058 bridges are structurally deficient

Bridges

$48.20 million in bridge funds came from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in 2011

Dams

100% of the state regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan

Dams

148 high hazard dams

Drinking Water

$2.7 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years

Energy

9.125 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 8th

Hazardous Waste

15 sites on the National Priorities List

Inland Waterways

950 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 11th nationally

Levees

100 miles of levees

Ports

34.1 million short tons of cargo in 2012, ranking it 22nd nationally

Public Parks

$1.6 billion of unmet needs for its parks system

Rail

25 freight railroads covering 2,656 miles across the state, ranking 27th nationally by mileage

Roads

10,401 of the state’s 95,523 public roads are major roads, and 6% are in poor condition

Roads

$1.0 billion a year in costs to motorists from driving on roads in need of repair, which is $225 /yr per motorist

Schools

$3.6 billion in estimated school infrastructure funding needs

Transit

29.4 million annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems including bus, transit, and commuter trains

Wastewater

$1.4 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years

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