Memphis is the largest city in Tennessee. The city is located in the Southwestern part of Tennessee on the banks of the Mississippi River. Engineers have warned that the infrastructure in place is dilapidated and needs a retouch. First of all, the city roads need paving (Waldo 104). The engineers have warned that the bridges are giving in with time. This indicates that the infrastructure of Memphis is a time bomb waiting to explode. The people of Memphis are ignorant of the dangers posing that Memphis has plenty of bridges, railways and roads that are considred smooth. Hence, there is no need of worry. The water systems and sewer systems are over one hundred years old. People of Memphis cite that as long as the roads enable travelling networks and support business, there is no hurry of updating the infrastructure.
Residents of Memphis are taking the current infrastructure in Memphis for granted. Engineers have noted that the danger that will be relayed by the infrastructure failure will result in catastrophic ends. This is the reasons behind the need of updating the infrastructure to enable the city have a modern touch (Greene Para 3). Times have changed and lives are changing too. This means that there are numerous developmental areas in Memphis that are overtaken by events.
Civil engineers in the United States of America accorded a grade, equivalent to D, considering the infrastructure of Memphis. The report was gathered from the various categories of the city infrastructure identifying with waterways, roads, bridges and sewers. Tennessee where Memphis is situated did not show credible results. It was noted that the water system that is used for drinking water needed rehabilitation with an amount equivalent to three billion dollars. The report further indicated that over seventeen percent of the American roads are poor (Greene Para 2). The report also asserted that over fifty percent of the highways are characterized with unnecessary congestion (Friedman Para 4). This indicated that the human life was considerably loosing the privacy aspect.
Residents of Memphis had negative attitudes on the results of the report by Doctor Martin Lipinski, citing that the report was highly exaggerated and was developed in an indication to serve the needs of the engineers. The report indicated that the bridges in Memphis and the neighboring cities are structurally deficient. Memphis city needs major and overhaul repairs to improve the infrastructure. Memphis has many bridges estimated to be over three hundred and fifty in number (Greene Para 3). The city has experienced previous bridges collapsing scenarios. Considering the bridge accident in the 1980 that saw Perkins bridge collapse, a lot of people were killed and this remains fresh in the minds of citizens. It has been noted that a number of bridges has collapsed in Memphis indicating that the infrastructure of Memphis needs a repair (Waldo 106). However, the residents of Memphis are not alarmed by the dilapidated infrastructure.
The challenge consists in that the infrastructure needs millions of dollars to make the program successful, considering that the city has faced various economic difficulties (Greene Para 2). The capital needed in the infrastructure is estimated to be two to three times of the current budget of the Memphis complicating the process (Friedman Para 6). Residents indicate that the roads are smooth and there is no danger. Engineers indicate that the economy of Memphis highly depends on the infrastructure if well maintained. The infrastructures in consideration reflect on railways, roads and bridges.
Engineers argue that letting the economy of Memphis go down is a shame to the residents of the city (Greene Para 3). America is considered as one of the most successful nations in the world going to an extent of acquiring the notion as the land of opportunities. Memphis is a primary distribution point for American freights. The city must protect this opportunity by making sure that the infrastructure in place is well maintained and conducive for business environment.
The city engineer, John Cameron, asserts that Memphis city is in a good shape. This coincides with the opinions offered by majority of residents living in Memphis. Cameron goes ahead arguing that the Memphis city is in a good shape comparing with other cities especially located at the Northeast America (Greene Para 4). Although majority of the infrastructure dates to more than one hundred years ago, the city is in a good shape and people cannot agree with the sentiments of the engineers.
The engineers of Memphis cite that there have been renovations directed at the city pipes characterized with leakages. They are sealing the pipes with a special liquid lining, hence creating improved waterways. This is critical considering that the waterways have to be upgraded in attempt of ensuring continuity of the system (Greene Para 6).
Engineers argue that the city needs to be upgraded at a fast rate than the current pace. This is in the light that the infrastructures are dilapidating more than new developments are taking place (Friedman). Engineers continue to assert that the city has serious challenges that are not addressed. Residents must come up with workable solutions to protect the image of Memphis city (Greene). Driving around the city enables people to sight the dilapidating infrastructure.