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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.

Kansas’ Key Facts from the 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure


  • Kansas’s dam safety program has 9.18 Full-Time Employees that each oversee an average of 668.0 state regulated dams.
  • Kansas has 230 high hazard dams.
  • 81% of the state regulated dams in Kansas have an Emergency Action Plan.
  • Kansas’s state dam safety program has an annual budget of $368,066.

Drinking Water

  • Kansas has reported $4 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.


  • 2,658 of the 25,176 bridges in Kansas (10.6%) are considered structurally deficient.
  • 1,959 of the 25,176 bridges in Kansas (7.8%) 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 500,000 million short tons of cargo in 2009, ranking it 39th in the nation.


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


  • Driving on roads in need of repair costs Kansas motorists $646 million a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $319 per motorist.
  • 62% of Kansas’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
  • Kansas has 140,609 public road miles.
  • Kansas’s highway vehicle-miles traveled in 2009 was approximately 10,458 per capita, ranking it 21st in the nation.
  • Kansas’s gas tax of 25 cents per gallon has not been increased in 9 years.


  • Kansas has 7,671 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.


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