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


Michigan Key Facts:

Pages from ASCEMI-Infrastructure-Report2009 Report Card for Michigan’s Infrastructure

To help remind us all of the importance of Michigan’s infrastructure, and to alert us to the condition of much of it, the Michigan Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has prepared this Report Card on Michigan’s Infrastructure. It evaluates 9 areas of the state’s infrastructure. Background information, discussions of current conditions and funding options, and recommendations are available at

How is Michigan’s Infrastructure Doing?


  • Michigan’s dam safety program has 3.5 Full-Time Employees that each oversee an average of 291 state regulated dams.
  • Michigan has 88 high hazard dams.
  • 95% of the state regulated dams in Michigan have an Emergency Action Plan.
  • Michigan’s state dam safety program has an annual budget of $487,200.

Drinking Water

  • Michigan has reported $13.8 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.

Hazardous Waste

  • Michigan has 66 sites on the National Priorities List.


  • Michigan has approximately 159 miles of levees according to the current FEMA Midterm Levee Inventory.


  • Michigan has reported $3.7 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.


  • There are 229 public-use airports in Michigan.


  • 1,298 of the 11,022 bridges in Michigan (11.8%) are considered structurally deficient.
  • 1,720 of the 11,022 bridges in Michigan (15.6%) are considered functionally obsolete.
  • Michigan received $101.6 million from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in FY2011.


  • Michigan’s ports handled 57.5 million short tons of cargo in 2012, ranking it 15th in the nation.


  • Michigan has 26 freight railroads covering 3,634 miles across the state, ranking it 12th by mileage.


  • Michigan has 122,051 miles of public roads.
  • Michigan has 16,251 miles of major roads, 22% of which are in poor condition.
  • Driving on roads in need of repair costs Michigan motorists $3.8 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $538.96 per motorist.


  • Michigan has 101.1 million annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems – motor bus, heavy rail, light rail, and commuter rail.

Parks and Recreation

  • Michigan has reported an unmet need of $272 million for its parks system.


  • Public school districts in Michigan spent a total of $5.5 billion on capital outlays for school construction and acquisition of land and existing structures in fiscal years 2005–2008.
  • It is estimated that Michigan schools have $8.9 billion in infrastructure funding needs.


  • Michigan produces 4.083 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 25th.
Source: 2013 Report Card for Americas Infrastructure


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