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Kansas

2013 Report Card GPA:
C-

KS RC Cover 20132013 Report Card for Kansas' Infrastructure

Infrastructure is the backbone of the state’s economic and social activity. On any given day we engage in the use of infrastructure in all of our daily activities. From the water we drink, to the roads we drive on, to the energy that heats and cools our homes and powers our computers, to the schools in which our children are educated; we are completely dependent on the infrastructure that provides these necessities.

Although they often go unnoticed, elements such as reliable power, efficient transportation, and safe schools provide quality of life and drive our economic engines as they attract business and allow it to prosper. The central location of the state of Kansas gives our infrastructure a unique importance as the crossroads of several interstate highways and rail systems intersect in our state. With this in mind, engineers from the Kansas City and Kansas Sections of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) came together to grade the infrastructure for the entire state of Kansas and raise awareness of the need for continued funding and maintenance of these essential facilities.

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Kansas Infrastructure Grades

2013 Report Card GPA:
C-
Aviation
C
Bridges
D+
Dams
D-
Drinking Water
C
Energy
C-
Levees
C-
Rail
C
Roads
C+
School Facilities
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 Kansas Infrastructure

Aviation

79 public-use airports

Bridges

2,554 of the 25,171 bridges are structurally deficient

Bridges

$43.10 million in bridge funds came from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in 2011

Dams

227 high hazard dams

Dams

85% of the state regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan

Drinking Water

$4.2 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years

Energy

3.473 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 33th

Hazardous Waste

11 sites on the National Priorities List

Inland Waterways

120 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 39th nationally

Levees

772 miles of levees

Ports

300 thousand short tons of cargo in 2012, ranking it 42nd nationally

Public Parks

$2.7 billion of unmet needs for its parks system

Rail

14 freight railroads covering 4,891 miles across the state, ranking 6th nationally by mileage

Roads

$878 million a year in costs to motorists from driving on roads in need of repair, which is $435 /yr per motorist

Roads

10,547 of the state’s 140,614 public roads are major roads, and 8% are in poor condition

Schools

$4.6 billion in estimated school infrastructure funding needs

Transit

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

Wastewater

$3.2 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years

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