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Montana

2014 Report Card GPA:
C-

ASCE 2014 MT Report Card Cover small2014 Report Card for Montana's Infrastructure Released November 18th

Montana’s aging infrastructure is approaching a critical state of disrepair, earning a cumulative grade of C- in the inaugural Report Card for Montana’s Infrastructure. From neighborhood roads and community schools to safe drinking water, dams that produce energy and prevent flooding to waterways that irrigate fields, this infrastructure is used by all Montana residents and is essential to our economic future. Montana’s citizens have an interest in solving our infrastructure problems. Regular maintenance and improvements will keep them running longer and save taxpayers money. This Report Card shows us that better stewardship is needed from our leaders to ensure that public health, safety, economic mobility, and welfare are maintained in the Big Sky State.

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Montana Infrastructure Grades

2014 Report Card GPA:
C-
Dams
C-
Drinking Water
C-
Irrigation Canals
C
Schools
D-
Solid Waste
B-
Transit
C+
Transportation
C
Wastewater
D+

A: Exceptional, B: Good, C: Mediocre, D: Poor, F: Failing, ?: Incomplete

Each category was evaluated on the basis of capacity, condition, funding, future need, operation and maintenance, public safety, resilience, and innovation

Key Facts About Montana Infrastructure

Aviation

70 public-use airports

Bridges

376 of the 5,126 bridges are structurally deficient

Bridges

$12.30 million in bridge funds came from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in 2011

Dams

105 high hazard dams

Dams

92% of the state regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan

Drinking Water

$822 million in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years

Energy

10.442 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 9th

Hazardous Waste

16 sites on the National Priorities List

Levees

88 miles of levees

Public Parks

$347.6 million of unmet needs for its parks system

Rail

8 freight railroads covering 3,173 miles across the state, ranking 22nd nationally by mileage

Roads

7,241 of the state’s 74,905 public roads are major roads, and 5% are in poor condition

Roads

$221.0 million a year in costs to motorists from driving on roads in need of repair, which is $292 /yr per motorist

Schools

$903.0 million in estimated school infrastructure funding needs

Transit

2.3 million annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems including bus, transit, and commuter trains

Wastewater

$587.0 million in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years

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