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Tennessee

2009 Report Card GPA:
D

TN2009 Report Card for Tennessee's Infrastructure

Tennessee's infrastructure is deteriorating and is in critical need of maintenance and improvement to meet current and future demands. While the condition of Tennessee's roads, bridges and airports exceeds nationwide scores, Tennessee's schools and public park facilities lag behind the rest of the country.

The ASCE Tennessee Section 2009 Infrastructure Report Card is the first comprehensive assessment of the condition of the state's infrastructure. The Report Card presents an informed assessment made by the state's professional engineering community of the condition of the infrastructure critical to our quality of life in Tennessee.

Tennessee's infrastructure received an overall grade of C with individual grades in nine infrastructure categories. This report card offers guidance to Tennesseans and their leaders about where public works funds would be best spent to improve the overall quality of life.

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Tennessee Infrastructure Grades

2009 Report Card GPA:
D
Aviation
B-
Bridges
B-
Inland Waterways
C-
Parks
D+
Rail
C
Roads
B-
School Facilities
C+
Transit
D
Water and Wastewater
C

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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