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


Louisiana Key Facts:

Water and Environment


  • 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.

Public Facilities

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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