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


Kansas Key Facts:

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. Read the full Report Card here.

How is Kansas’ Infrastructure Doing?


  • Kansas’s dam safety program has 9.18 Full-Time Employees that each oversee an average of 261.0 state regulated dams.
  • Kansas has 227 high hazard dams.
  • 85% of the state regulated dams in Kansas have an Emergency Action Plan.
  • Kansas’s state dam safety program has an annual budget of $360,146.

Drinking Water

  • Kansas has reported $4.2 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.

Hazardous Waste

  • Kansas has 11 sites on the National Priorities List.


  • Kansas has approximately 772 miles of levees according to the current FEMA Midterm Levee Inventory.


  • Kansas has reported $3.2 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.


  • There are 141 public-use airports in Kansas.


  • 2,554 of the 25,171 bridges in Kansas (10.1%) are considered structurally deficient.
  • 1,911 of the 25,171 bridges in Kansas (7.6%) are considered functionally obsolete.
  • Kansas received $43.1 million from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in FY2011.

Inland Waterways

  • Kansas has 120 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 32nd in the nation.


  • Kansas’s ports handled 200,000 million short tons of cargo in 2012, ranking it 39th in the nation.


  • Kansas has 14 freight railroads covering 4,891 miles across the state, ranking it 6th by mileage.


  • Kansas has 140,614 miles of public roads.
  • Kansas has 10,547 miles of major roads, 8% of which are in poor condition.
  • Driving on roads in need of repair costs Kansas motorists $878 million a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $435.49 per motorist.


  • Kansas has 7.6 million annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems – motor bus, heavy rail, light rail, and commuter rail.

Parks and Recreation

  • Kansas has reported an unmet need of $2.678 billion for its parks system.


  • Public school districts in Kansas spent a total of $629 million on capital outlays for school construction and acquisition of land and existing structures in fiscal years 2005–2008.
  • It is estimated that Kansas schools have $4.6 billion in infrastructure funding needs.


  • Kansas produces 3.473 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 33th.
Source: 2013 Report Card for Americas Infrastructure


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