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


Massachusetts Key Facts:

Water and Environment


  • Massachusetts’s dam safety program has 7.7 Full-Time Employees that each oversee an average of 197.8 state regulated dams.
  • Massachusetts has 341 high hazard dams.
  • 91% of the state regulated dams in Massachusetts have an Emergency Action Plan.
  • Massachusetts’s state dam safety program has an annual budget of $1,230,151.

Drinking Water

  • Massachusetts has reported $6.8 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.

Hazardous Waste

  • Massachusetts has 30 sites on the National Priorities List.


  • Massachusetts has approximately 69 miles of levees according to the current FEMA Midterm Levee Inventory.


  • Massachusetts has reported $8 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.



  • There are 40 public-use airports in Massachusetts.


  • 493 of the 5,120 bridges in Massachusetts (9.6%) are considered structurally deficient.
  • 2,214 of the 5,120 bridges in Massachusetts (43.2%) are considered functionally obsolete.
  • Massachusetts received $182.7 million from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in FY2011.

Inland Waterways

  • Massachusetts has 90 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 35th in the nation.


  • Massachusetts’s ports handled 25 million short tons of cargo in 2009, ranking it 25th in the nation.


  • Massachusetts has 11 freight railroads covering 896 miles across the state, ranking it 41th by mileage.


  • Driving on roads in need of repair costs Massachusetts motorists $1.461 million a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $313 per motorist.
  • 42% of Massachusetts’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
  • Massachusetts has 36,177 public road miles.
  • Massachusetts’s highway vehicle-miles traveled in 2009 was approximately 8,293 per capita, ranking it 43rd in the nation.
  • Massachusetts’s gas tax of 23.5 cents per gallon has not been increased in 21 years.


  • Massachusetts has 382,941 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems – motor bus, heavy rail, light rail, and commuter rail.

Public Facilities

Parks and Recreation

  • Massachusetts has reported an unmet need of $12.1 million for its parks system.


  • Public school districts in Massachusetts spent a total of $2.9 billion on capital outlays for school construction and acquisition of land and existing structures in fiscal years 2005–2008.
  • It is estimated that Massachusetts schools have $4.3 billion in infrastructure funding needs.


  • Massachusetts produces 2.270 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 35th.


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