Infrastructure is all of the systems built to make our lives better and our economy more efficient. Roads, water pipes, dams, railways and much more make up the modern infrastructure you use every day. Generations of Arizonans built today’s expansive infrastructure, and our leaders are responsible for keeping it working for us today and keeping up with a growing population that uses more infrastructure. While some of Arizona’s infrastructure is relatively new, many of our systems are starting to show signs of wear across the state from aging and tight budgets that didn’t allow for the maintenance that would have expanded their useful service life.
The Report Card for Arizona’s Infrastructure shows that some our state’s infrastructure needs attention both for today and the future. Many of Arizona’s grades are low Cs and on the edge of slipping into Ds - especially as the state grows.
Maintenance is the every day work you just have to do to keep things moving, and Arizona’s infrastructure needs it. Sometimes it’s all about the basics, and maintenance is the basic first step to good infrastructure.
Arizona has seen exciting new infrastructure projects over the last decade become selling points for the state and bring in new residents and businesses. New investments in critical corridors and freight connections can lead to new opportunities. Let’s keep this going!
Just like your body, infrastructure is a system. The water pipes and roads and railways are the arteries that keep the state moving so it’s worth asking – how is your area’s infrastructure doing? Just like you get a physical, infrastructure needs regular evaluations.
Arizona’s leaders have to make tough budget choices, but not using infrastructure dollars for needed projects today will lead to more expensive project costs down the road and infrastructure that hinders growth rather than supports it.
Arizona’s projected growth is both an opportunity and a challenge. It will require continued focus by the state’s leaders to adopt sustainable practices and innovate to be competitive.
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A: Exceptional, B: Good, C: Mediocre, D: Poor, F: Failing, ?: Incomplete
Each category was evaluated on the basis of capacity, condition, funding, future need, operation and maintenance, public safety, resilience, and innovation
238 of the 7,862 bridges are structurally deficient
$19.50 million in bridge funds came from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in 2011
89% of the state regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan
108 high hazard dams
$7.4 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years
6.941 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 14th
9 sites on the National Priorities List
1,293 miles of levees
$377.0 million of unmet needs for its parks system
10 freight railroads covering 1,683 miles across the state, ranking 36th nationally by mileage
$1.2 billion a year in costs to motorists from driving on roads in need of repair, which is $247 /yr per motorist
7,190 of the state’s 65,262 public roads are major roads, and 7% are in poor condition
$6.4 billion in estimated school infrastructure funding needs
90.3 million annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems including bus, transit, and commuter trains
$5.2 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years
April 29, 2016
A new dam rehabilitation bill introduced in the Senate and continued attention to our nation’s water and surface infrastructure needs marked this week’s infrastructure headlines.
April 26, 2016
Late last week, Senators Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) and Jack Reed (D-RI) introduced S. 2835, a bill that, if enacted, would provide funding assistance to
April 22, 2016
It’s National Park Week, the Senate passed its version of the FAA Reauthorization Bill, and more suggestions for improving infrastructure through technological innovation have been
April 19, 2016
While infrastructure issues have remained at the forefront of 2016 state legislative debates, the activity seen during this session is much less impressive than the