Tennesse Key Facts:
How is Tennessee’s Infrastructure Doing?
- Tennessee’s dam safety program has 8 Full-Time Employees that each oversee an average of 83 state regulated dams.
- Tennessee has 148 high hazard dams.
- 100% of the state regulated dams in Tennessee have an Emergency Action Plan.
- Tennessee’s state dam safety program has an annual budget of $368,900.
- Tennessee has reported $2.7 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.
- Tennessee has 15 sites on the National Priorities List.
- Tennessee has approximately 100 miles of levees according to the current FEMA Midterm Levee Inventory.
- Tennessee has reported $1.4 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.
- There are 81 public-use airports in Tennessee.
- 1,157 of the 20,058 bridges in Tennessee (5.8%) are considered structurally deficient.
- 2,645 of the 20,058 bridges in Tennessee (13.2%) are considered functionally obsolete.
- Tennessee received $48.2 million from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in FY2011.
- Tennessee has 950 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 11th in the nation.
- Tennessee’s ports handled 34.1 million short tons of cargo in 2012, ranking it 22nd in the nation.
- Tennessee has 25 freight railroads covering 2,656 miles across the state, ranking it 27th by mileage.
- Tennessee has 95,523 miles of public roads.
- Tennessee has 10,401 miles of major roads, 6% of which are in poor condition.
- Driving on roads in need of repair costs Tennessee motorists $1 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $225.34 per motorist.
- Tennessee has 29 million annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems – motor bus, heavy rail, light rail, and commuter rail.
Parks and Recreation
- Tennessee has reported an unmet need of $1.639 billion for its parks system.
- Public school districts in Tennessee spent a total of $1.6 billion on capital outlays for school construction and acquisition of land and existing structures in fiscal years 2005–2008.
- It is estimated that Tennessee schools have $3.6 billion in infrastructure funding needs.
- Tennessee produces 9.125 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 8th.
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