Infrastructure Needs in Tennessee and Coffee County

Coffee Co. SealTennessee needs at least $42.3 billion of public infrastructure improvements during the five-year period of 2013-2018 according to a new report by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR). The need for public infrastructure improvements as reported by state and local officials is up $4.1 billion (10.7%) compared with the year before, mainly because bridges with remedial needs exceeding $50,000 are now treated as immediate needs, consistent with all other project types in the inventory regardless of when funds will be available to repair or upgrade them. Without those bridge projects, the total cost would have increased by only $369 million (1.0%).
The report says Coffee County needs $301 million in public infrastructure improvements. The local cost would be $109,591,734.
The category requiring the most improvement in Coffee County and statewide is transportation and utilities.
Coffee County is looking at $166.7 million worth of transportation infrastructure upgrades, which is around 55 percent of Coffee County’s total improvement costs.
The county alone maintains 637.28 miles of road. This does not include roads maintained by Tullahoma and Manchester cities.
Of the 95 counties in Tennessee, Coffee County ranks 33rd highest in infrastructure improvement needs.