Iowa

2015 Report Card GPA:
C-

2015 Report Card for Iowa's Infrastructure

IA RC logoThe 2015 Report Card for Iowa’s Infrastructure is a tool that shows all Iowans the extent, condition, and importance of the state’s infrastructure assets that support modern life. The Report Card is used to educate citizens, business leaders, and elected officials to the needs of our infrastructure and to encourage appropriate support for maintaining and improving these crucial assets.

The 2015 Report Card for Iowa’s Infrastructure contains one good B grade, seven mediocre Cs, and three poor Ds. Infrastructure provides the foundation of our state’s economic viability and supports our well-being and quality of life. It enables modern life and underpins our ability to produce and sell Iowa products in a world market. As our infrastructure continues to age, deteriorate, and lack adequate capacity, we will continue to face higher cost for goods and services with less reliability.

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Iowa Infrastructure Grades

2015 Report Card GPA:
C-
Aviation
C-
Bridges
D+
Dams
D
Drinking Water
C+
Energy
C
Inland Waterways
D
Levees
C-
Rail
C
Roads
C-
Solid Waste
B+
Wastewater
C-

A: Exceptional, B: Good, C: Mediocre, D: Poor, F: Failing, ?: Incomplete

Each category was evaluated on the basis of capacity, condition, funding, future need, operation and maintenance, public safety, resilience, and innovation

Key Facts About Iowa Infrastructure

Aviation

78 public-use airports

Bridges

5,043 of the 24,398 bridges are structurally deficient

Bridges

$56 million in bridge funds came from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in 2011

Dams

91 high hazard dams

Dams

23% of the state regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan

Drinking Water

$5.9 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years

Energy

10.309 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 10th

Hazardous Waste

11 sites on the National Priorities List

Inland Waterways

490 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 19th nationally

Levees

889 miles of levees

Ports

10.3 million short tons of cargo in 2012, ranking it 35th nationally

Public Parks

$3.0 million of unmet needs for its parks system

Rail

15 freight railroads covering 3,897 miles across the state, ranking 11th nationally by mileage

Roads

$935 million a year in costs to motorists from driving on roads in need of repair, which is $422 /yr per motorist

Roads

10,560 of the state’s 114,438 public roads are major roads, and 12% are in poor condition

Schools

$4.7 billion in estimated school infrastructure funding needs

Transit

21.3 million annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems including bus, transit, and commuter trains

Wastewater

$3.4 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years

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