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


Minnesota Key Facts:

Water and Environment


  • Minnesota’s dam safety program has 5.4 Full-Time Employees that each oversee an average of 206.5 state regulated dams.
  • Minnesota has 47 high hazard dams.
  • 96% of the state regulated dams in Minnesota have an Emergency Action Plan.
  • Minnesota’s state dam safety program has an annual budget of $378,000.

Drinking Water

  • Minnesota has reported $6 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.

Hazardous Waste

  • Minnesota has 25 sites on the National Priorities List.


  • Minnesota has approximately 239 miles of levees according to the current FEMA Midterm Levee Inventory.


  • Minnesota has reported $4.1 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.



  • There are 154 public-use airports in Minnesota.


  • 1,190 of the 13,121 bridges in Minnesota (9.1%) are considered structurally deficient.
  • 423 of the 13,121 bridges in Minnesota (3.2%) are considered functionally obsolete.
  • Minnesota received $31.5 million from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in FY2011.

Inland Waterways

  • Minnesota has 260 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 27th in the nation.


  • Minnesota’s ports handled 28.7 million short tons of cargo in 2009, ranking it 23rd in the nation.


  • Minnesota has 18 freight railroads covering 4,521 miles across the state, ranking it 8th by mileage.


  • Driving on roads in need of repair costs Minnesota motorists $797 million a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $250 per motorist.
  • 52% of Minnesota’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
  • Minnesota has 138,239 public road miles.
  • Minnesota’s highway vehicle-miles traveled in 2009 was approximately 10,664 per capita, ranking it 18th in the nation.
  • Minnesota’s gas tax of 28.6 cents per gallon has not been increased in 0 years.


  • Minnesota has 99,257 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems – motor bus, heavy rail, light rail, and commuter rail.

Public Facilities

Parks and Recreation

  • Minnesota has reported an unmet need of $375 million for its parks system.


  • Public school districts in Minnesota spent a total of $3.3 billion on capital outlays for school construction and acquisition of land and existing structures in fiscal years 2005–2008.
  • It is estimated that Minnesota schools have $3.7 billion in infrastructure funding needs.


  • Minnesota produces 7.480 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 12th.


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