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

District of Columbia

District of Columbia Key Facts:

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D.C.’s Key Facts from the 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure

Drinking Water

  • The District of Columbia has reported $1.6 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.

Hazardous Waste

  • The District of Columbia has 8 sites on the National Priorities List.


  • The District of Columbia has approximately 2 miles of levees according to the current FEMA Midterm Levee Inventory.


  • The District of Columbia has reported $2.5 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.


  • There are 3 public-use airports in the District of Columbia.


  • 21 of the 252 bridges in the District of Columbia (8.3%) are considered structurally deficient.
  • 159 of the 252 bridges in the District of Columbia (63.1%) are considered functionally obsolete.
  • The District of Columbia received $26.1 million from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in FY2011.

Inland Waterways

  • The District of Columbia has 10 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 39th in the nation.


  •  The District of Columbia’s ports handled 100,000 short tons of cargo in 2012, ranking it 44th in the nation.


  • The District of Columbia has 3 freight railroads covering 19 miles across the state, ranking it 49th by mileage.


  •  The District of Columbia has 1,502 miles of public roads.
  • The District of Columbia has 298 miles of major roads, 95% of which are in poor condition.
  • Driving on roads in need of repair costs District of Columbia motorists $425 million a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $1060.84 per motorist.


  • The District of Columbia has 419.7 million annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems – motor bus, heavy rail, light rail, and commuter rail.

Parks and Recreation

  • The District of Columbia has reported an unmet need of $11.6 million for its parks system.


  • Public school districts in the District of Columbia spent a total of $548 million on capital outlays for school construction and acquisition of land and existing structures in fiscal years 2005–2008.
Source: 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure


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