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


Maryland Key Facts:

MD2011 Report Card for Maryland’s Infrastructure

The 2011Report Card for Maryland’s Infrastructure focuses its attention on Maryland’s transit, road, dam, bridge, and stormwater infrastructure and the Baltimore metropolitan area’s drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. The Report Card is an informational compilation of assessments for the select categories of infrastructure and highlights the need for improvements to our infrastructure. Current events from failures on transit lines, increasing congestion of roads, existing liability of dams, deterioration that comes with aging of bridges, and massive water main failures, all lead to a need to focus on Maryland’s infrastructure as a critical task now and in the future.

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


  • Maryland’s dam safety program has 4.75 Full-Time Employees that each oversee an average of 87.6 state regulated dams.
  • Maryland has 68 high hazard dams.
  • 96% of the state regulated dams in Maryland have an Emergency Action Plan.
  • Maryland’s state dam safety program has an annual budget of $422,987.

Drinking Water

  • Maryland has reported $5.4 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.

Hazardous Waste

  • Maryland has 20 sites on the National Priorities List.


  • Maryland has approximately 31 miles of levees according to the current FEMA Midterm Levee Inventory.


  • Maryland has reported $8.5 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.


  • There are 37 public-use airports in Maryland.


  • 368 of the 5,294 bridges in Maryland (7.0%) are considered structurally deficient.
  • 1,099 of the 5,294 bridges in Maryland (20.8%) are considered functionally obsolete.
  • Maryland received $105.1 million from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in FY2011.

Inland Waterways

  • Maryland has 530 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 18th in the nation.


  • Maryland’s ports handled 35.3 million short tons of cargo in 2009, ranking it 20th in the nation.


  • Maryland has 9 freight railroads covering 755 miles across the state, ranking it 43rd by mileage.


  • Driving on roads in need of repair costs Maryland motorists $1.598 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $422 per motorist.
  • 55% of Maryland’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
  • Maryland has 31,459 public road miles.
  • Maryland’s highway vehicle-miles traveled in 2009 was approximately 9,701 per capita, ranking it 32nd in the nation.
  • Maryland’s gas tax of 23.5 cents per gallon has not been increased in 20 years.


  • Maryland has 141,107 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems – motor bus, heavy rail, light rail, and commuter rail.

Parks and Recreation

  • Maryland has reported an unmet need of $121.5 million for its parks system.


  • Public school districts in Maryland spent a total of $3.7 billion on capital outlays for school construction and acquisition of land and existing structures in fiscal years 2005–2008.
  • It is estimated that Maryland schools have $3.9 billion in infrastructure funding needs.


  • Maryland produces 2.241 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 34th.


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