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A.S.C.E. GIVES TENNESSEE ROADS A “C” GRADE

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With Gov. Bill Haslam’s gasoline tax hike proposal on the legislative plate currently, a new study says that the quality of Tennessee’s roads has not improved in eight years. The American Society of Civil Engineers gives state roads a C grade in the report; the same as it did in 2009. The ASCE says the roadways are in “fair” condition with over 71 percent receiving “good” or “very good” condition ratings. Only one percent of the roads are rated “poor” or “very poor”. The report estimates that the Tennessee Department of Transportation will fall nearly $3 billion short of projected needs over the next 10 years or about $291 million annually. The Governor’s plan would add $278 million into state road projects but some say that the money could come out of the state tax fund’s overflow.