State of Our Roads & Bridges
938 miles of Tennessee’s major roads — nearly the equivalent of driving from Nashville to San Antonio, Texas — are in poor condition.
Driving on poor roads costs the average Tennessee motorist $225 per year in vehicle repairs and wasted fuel.
1,026 bridges in Tennessee are classified as structurally deficient. This means one or more of the key bridge elements, such as the deck, superstructure or substructure, is considered to be in “poor” or worse condition by government inspectors. These bridges are crossed 4.5 million times each day.
Placed end-to-end, there are 27 miles of structurally deficient bridges in Tennessee. 904 of these bridges have weight restrictions in place.
State and local governments in Tennessee spent $1 billion on bridge repair and construction contracts over the past five years.