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

Colorado

Colorado Key Facts:

Dams

  • Colorado’s dam safety program has 12 Full-Time Employees that each oversee an average of 145 state regulated dams.
  • Colorado has 387 high hazard dams.
  • 98% of the state regulated dams in Colorado have an Emergency Action Plan.
  • Colorado’s state dam safety program has an annual budget of $1,749,152.

Drinking Water

  • Colorado has reported $7.2 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.

Hazardous Waste

  • Colorado has 18 sites on the National Priorities List.

Levees

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

Wastewater

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

Aviation

  • There are 76 public-use airports in Colorado.

Bridges

  • 536 of the 8,612 bridges in Colorado (6.2%) are considered structurally deficient.
  • 902 of the 8,612 bridges in Colorado (10.4%) are considered functionally obsolete.
  • Colorado received $32.5 million from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in FY2011.

Rail

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

Roads

  • Colorado has 88,524 miles of public roads.
  • Colorado has 10,186 miles major roads, 17% of which are in poor condition.
  • Driving on roads in need of repair costs Colorado motorists $2 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $534.56 per motorist.

Transit

  • Colorado has 106.1 million annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems – motor bus, heavy rail, light rail, and commuter rail.

Parks and Recreation

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

Schools

  • 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.

Energy

  • Colorado produces 5.133 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 19th.
 
Source: 2013 Report Card for Americas Infrastructure

News

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  • Dams in 26 States Are Getting Some TLC
  • 12/30/14
  • While the average person might think it’s just about farms, the Farm Bill funding for dams was perhaps one of the most unsung wins for infrastructure in 2014.  The 2014 Farm Bill that Congress passed...Read More >>