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

District of Columbia

District of Columbia Key Facts:

Water and Environment

Drinking Water

  • The District of Columbia has reported $874 million in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.

Hazardous Waste

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

Levees

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

Wastewater

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

Transportation

Aviation

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

Bridges

  • 30 of the 239 bridges in the District of Columbia (12.6%) are considered structurally deficient.
  • 155 of the 239 bridges in the District of Columbia (64.9%) 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.

Rail

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

Roads

  • Driving on roads in need of repair costs District of Columbia motorists $311 million a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $833 per motorist.
  • 99% of the District of Columbia’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
  • The District of Columbia has 1,505 public road miles.
  • The District of Columbia’s highway vehicle-miles traveled in 2009 was approximately 5,936 per capita, ranking it 51st in the nation.
  • The District of Columbia’s gas tax of 23.5 cents per gallon has not been increased in 3 years.

Transit

  • The District of Columbia has 418,126 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems – motor bus, heavy rail, light rail, and commuter rail.

Public Facilities

Parks and Recreation

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

Schools

  • 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.

News

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