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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

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


  • Michigan’s dam safety program has 3.5 Full-Time Employees that each oversee an average of 291.1 state regulated dams.
  • Michigan has 161 high hazard dams.
  • 97% of the state regulated dams in Michigan have an Emergency Action Plan.
  • Michigan’s state dam safety program has an annual budget of $304,000.

Drinking Water

  • Michigan has reported $11.8 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.


  • 1,354 of the 11,000 bridges in Michigan (12.3%) are considered structurally deficient.
  • 1,672 of the 11,000 bridges in Michigan (15.2%) are considered functionally obsolete.
  • Michigan received $101.6 million from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in FY2011.


  • Michigan’s ports handled 52.1 million short tons of cargo in 2009, ranking it 16th in the nation.


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


  • Driving on roads in need of repair costs Michigan motorists $2.534 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $357 per motorist.
  • 38% of Michigan’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
  • Michigan has 121,650 public road miles.
  • Michigan’s highway vehicle-miles traveled in 2009 was approximately 9,878 per capita, ranking it 31st in the nation.
  • Michigan’s gas tax of 38.7 cents per gallon has not been increased in 1 year.


  • Michigan has 99,281 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.


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