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America's GPA: D+
Estimated Investment Needed by 2020:
$3.6 Trillion


Colorado Key Facts:

Water and Environment


  • Colorado’s dam safety program has 13 Full-Time Employees that each oversee an average of 135.2 state regulated dams.
  • Colorado has 367 high hazard dams.
  • 97% of the state regulated dams in Colorado have an Emergency Action Plan.
  • Colorado’s state dam safety program has an annual budget of $1,475,019.

Drinking Water

  • Colorado has reported $6.4 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.

Hazardous Waste

  • Colorado has 18 sites on the National Priorities List.


  • Colorado has approximately 55 miles of levees according to the current FEMA Midterm Levee Inventory.


  • Colorado has reported $1.5 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.



  • There are 76 public-use airports in Colorado.


  • 566 of the 8,591 bridges in Colorado (6.6%) are considered structurally deficient.
  • 907 of the 8,591 bridges in Colorado (10.6%) are considered functionally obsolete.
  • Colorado received $32.5 million from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in FY2011.


  • Colorado has 15 freight railroads covering 2,688 miles across the state, ranking it 26th by mileage.


  • Driving on roads in need of repair costs Colorado motorists $1.034 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $287 per motorist.
  • 70% of Colorado’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
  • Colorado has 88,266 public road miles.
  • Colorado’s highway vehicle-miles traveled in 2009 was approximately 9,299 per capita, ranking it 36th in the nation.
  • Colorado’s gas tax of 22 cents per gallon has not been increased in 21 years.


  • Colorado has 105,294 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems – motor bus, heavy rail, light rail, and commuter rail.

Public Facilities

Parks and Recreation

  • Colorado has reported an unmet need of $594 million for its parks system.


  • Public school districts in Colorado spent a total of $3.4 billion on capital outlays for school construction and acquisition of land and existing structures in fiscal years 2005–2008.
  • It is estimated that Colorado schools have $4.7 billion in infrastructure funding needs.


  • Colorado produces 5.133 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 19th.


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