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


Louisiana Key Facts:

LouisianaInfastructureReportCard2012 12012 Report Card for Louisiana’s Infrastructure

The Report Card for Louisiana’s Infrastructure is a practical, yet powerful tool. Where infrastructure is marginally performing, or in risk of failing, immediate action should be taken by the public and our elected leaders to reverse the trend and to improve the grade. Each category that was reviewed contains specific recommendations by infrastructure experts so our leaders will have a clear course of action. The Louisiana Section of ASCE’s overriding goal for this project is to share our knowledge and expertise with the public to help make Louisiana a stronger, safer, healthier and more prosperous community that serves all of its citizens’ needs. Find out how Louisiana’s infrastructure is doing by reading the full Report Card here.

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


  • Louisiana’s dam safety program has 5.2 Full-Time Employees that each oversee an average of 105.4 state regulated dams.
  • Louisiana has 33 high hazard dams.
  • 86% of the state regulated dams in Louisiana have an Emergency Action Plan.
  • Louisiana’s state dam safety program has an annual budget of $800,909.

Drinking Water

  • Louisiana has reported $6.9 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.

Hazardous Waste

  • Louisiana has 9 sites on the National Priorities List.


  • Louisiana has approximately 3,122 miles of levees according to the current FEMA Midterm Levee Inventory.


  • Louisiana has reported $4 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.


  • There are 75 public-use airports in Louisiana.


  • 1,783 of the 13,175 bridges in Louisiana (13.5%) are considered structurally deficient.
  • 2,032 of the 13,175 bridges in Louisiana (15.4%) are considered functionally obsolete.
  • Louisiana received $171.7 million from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in FY2011.

Inland Waterways

  • Louisiana has 2,820 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 2nd in the nation.


  • Louisiana’s ports handled 449.3 million short tons of cargo in 2009, ranking it 2nd in the nation.


  • Louisiana has 17 freight railroads covering 2,858 miles across the state, ranking it 24th by mileage.


  • Driving on roads in need of repair costs Louisiana motorists $1.2 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $408 per motorist.
  • 62% of Louisiana’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
  • Louisiana has 61,335 public road miles.
  • Louisiana’s highway vehicle-miles traveled in 2009 was approximately 9,997 per capita, ranking it 28th in the nation.
  • Louisiana’s gas tax of 20 cents per gallon has not been increased in 22 years.


  • Louisiana has 30,249 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems – motor bus, heavy rail, light rail, and commuter rail.

Parks and Recreation

  • Louisiana has reported an unmet need of $207 million for its parks system.


  • Public school districts in Louisiana spent a total of $1.7 billion on capital outlays for school construction and acquisition of land and existing structures in fiscal years 2005–2008.
  • It is estimated that Louisiana schools have $7.3 billion in infrastructure funding needs.


  • Louisiana produces 3.577 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 30th.


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