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State Report: Transportation Needs Rank High Across UC

Putnam County’s infrastructure needs through 2027 total some $899 million, according to a new state report.

Tennessee Tech needs led the way among county needs, with some $635 million in infrastructure improvements. Putnam transportation needs totaled more than $188 million.

The Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations ranks infrastructure needs for all 95 counties. The report covers the period through June 27. Overall, needed state improvements increased some $5 billion from last year.

In Overton County, the top three categories of infrastructure needs include transportation, school renovations and recreation. Road improvements tallied more than $14 million with school renovations close behind at just over $10 million.

White County’s total infrastructure needs over the five-year period totaled some $93.4 million with transportation needs and public building upgrades among the biggest needs. In Cumberland County, the state report estimated some $442 million in needs with better than 60 percent of the needs in transportation. The report estimated some $66 million in water and wastewater infrastructure upgrades.

The state estimated Dekalb County needed some $53 million in public school construction and additions. Transportation needs topped the Fentress County list with an estimated $118 million in needs. Jackson County needs included some $20 million for industrial sites.

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