America’s surface transportation infrastructure is about to go over a financial cliff


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


Delaware Key Facts:

Water and Environment


  • Delaware’s dam safety program has 1.25 Full-Time Employees that each oversee an average of 38.4 state regulated dams.
  • Delaware has 65 high hazard dams.
  • 19% of the state regulated dams in Delaware have an Emergency Action Plan.
  • Delaware’s state dam safety program has an annual budget of $891,500.

Drinking Water

  • Delaware has reported $283 million in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.

Hazardous Waste

  • Delaware has 13 sites on the National Priorities List.


  • Delaware has approximately 12 miles of levees according to the current FEMA Midterm Levee Inventory.


  • Delaware has reported $222 million in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.



  • There are 11 public-use airports in Delaware.


  • 53 of the 862 bridges in Delaware (6.1%) are considered structurally deficient.
  • 122 of the 862 bridges in Delaware (14.2%) are considered functionally obsolete.
  • Delaware received $10.7 million from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in FY2011.

Inland Waterways

  • Delaware has 100 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 34th in the nation.


  • Delaware’s ports handled 23.6 million short tons of cargo in 2009, ranking it 27th in the nation.


  • Delaware has 6 freight railroads covering 227 miles across the state, ranking it 48th by mileage.


  • Driving on roads in need of repair costs Delaware motorists $168 million a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $257 per motorist.
  • 36% of Delaware’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
  • Delaware has 6,307 public road miles.
  • Delaware’s highway vehicle-miles traveled in 2009 was approximately 9,944 per capita, ranking it 29th in the nation.
  • Delaware’s gas tax of 23 cents per gallon has not been increased in 17 years.


  • Delaware has 10,163 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems – motor bus, heavy rail, light rail, and commuter rail.

Public Facilities

Parks and Recreation

  • Delaware has reported an unmet need of $15.5 million for its parks system.


  • Public school districts in Delaware spent a total of $857 million on capital outlays for school construction and acquisition of land and existing structures in fiscal years 2005–2008.
  • It is estimated that Delaware schools have $530 million in infrastructure funding needs.


  • Delaware produces .138 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 50th.


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