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


Missouri Key Facts:

MO RC Cover 20132013 Report Card for Missouri’s Infrastructure

Infrastructure is the backbone of the state’s economic and social activity. On any given day we engage in the use of infrastructure in all of our daily activities. From the water we drink, to the roads we drive on, to the energy that heats and cools our homes and powers our computers, to the schools in which our children are educated; we are completely dependent on the infrastructure that provides these necessities. Although they often go unnoticed, elements such as reliable power, efficient transportation, and safe schools provide quality of life and drive our economic engines as they attract business and allow it to prosper. The central location of the state of Missouri gives our infrastructure a unique importance as the crossroads of several interstate highways, rail systems and two major inland waterways intersect in our state. With this in mind, engineers from the Kansas City and St. Louis Sections of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) came together to grade the infrastructure for the entire state of Missouri and raise awareness of the need for continued funding and maintenance of these essential facilities. Read the full Report Card here.

How’s Missouri’s Infrastructure Doing?


  • Missouri’s dam safety program has 5.5 Full-Time Employees that each oversee an average of 122 state regulated dams.
  • Missouri has 453 high hazard dams.
  • 60% of the state regulated dams in Missouri have an Emergency Action Plan.
  • Missouri’s state dam safety program has an annual budget of $395,644.

Drinking Water

  • Missouri has reported $8.4 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.

Hazardous Waste

  • Missouri has 33 sites on the National Priorities List.


  • Missouri has approximately 2,458 miles of levees according to the current FEMA Midterm Levee Inventory.


  • Missouri has reported $5.8 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.


  • There are 132 public-use airports in Missouri.


  • 3,357 of the 24,350 bridges in Missouri (13.8%) are considered structurally deficient.
  • 3,276 of the 24,350 bridges in Missouri (13.4%) are considered functionally obsolete.
  • Missouri received $110.4 million from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in FY2011.

Inland Waterways

  • Missouri has 1,030 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 10th in the nation.


  • Missouri’s ports handled 34.1 million short tons of cargo in 2012, ranking it 23rd in the nation.


  • Missouri has 17 freight railroads covering 4,019 miles across the state, ranking it 10th by mileage.


  • Missouri has 131,978 miles of public roads.
  • Missouri has 11,877 miles of major roads, 10% of which are in poor condition.
  • Driving on roads in need of repair costs Missouri motorists $1.6 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $380.12 per motorist.


  • Missouri has 63.6 million annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems – motor bus, heavy rail, light rail, and commuter rail.

Parks and Recreation

  • Missouri has reported an unmet need of $1.788 billion for its parks system.


  • Public school districts in Missouri spent a total of $2.6 billion on capital outlays for school construction and acquisition of land and existing structures in fiscal years 2005–2008.
  • It is estimated that Missouri schools have $8.8 billion in infrastructure funding needs.


  • Missouri produces 2.527 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 36th.
  Source: 2013 Report Card for Americas Infrastructure


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