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

Maryland

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.

How is Maryland’s Infrastructure Doing?

Dams

  • Maryland’s dam safety program has 4.75 Full-Time Employees that each oversee an average of 91 state regulated dams.
  • Maryland has 82 high hazard dams.
  • 94% of the state regulated dams in Maryland have an Emergency Action Plan.
  • Maryland’s state dam safety program has an annual budget of $444,138.

Drinking Water

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

Hazardous Waste

  • Maryland has 20 sites on the National Priorities List.

Levees

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

Wastewater

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

Aviation

  • There are 37 public-use airports in Maryland.

Bridges

  • 333 of the 5,291 bridges in Maryland (6.3%) are considered structurally deficient.
  • 1,085 of the 5,291 bridges in Maryland (20.5%) 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.

Ports

  • Maryland’s ports handled 21 million short tons of cargo in 2012, ranking it 17th in the nation.

Rail

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

Roads

  • Maryland has 32,372 miles of public roads.
  • Maryland has 4,596 miles of major roads, 20% of which are in poor condition.
  • Driving on roads in need of repair costs Maryland motorists $1.9 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $459.56 per motorist.

Transit

  • Maryland has 144.9 million 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.

Schools

  • 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.

Energy

  • Maryland produces 2.241 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 34th.
 
Source: 2013 Report Card for Americas Infrastructure

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