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

North Carolina

North Carolina Key Facts:

NC RC 2013 2013 Report Card for North Carolina’s Infrastructure

As North Carolinians, we owe our economic prosperity, public safety, and quality of life to the infrastructure that serves us every day. As stewards of that infrastructure, civil engineers are obliged to inform the public and policy makers about its condition and how best to make improvements.

What Will Raise North Carolina’s Infrastructure Grades?

ASCE’s key solutions may be ambitious and will not be achieved overnight, but Americans are capable of such real and positive change if we focus on solutions like these:
  • PROMOTE SUSTAINABILITY-BASED PHILOSOPHIES FOR ASSET MANAGEMENT.
  • PROMOTE ALTERNATIVE FINANCING AND CONSTRUCTION DELIVERY METHODOLOGIES.
  • DEVELOP/INCREASE DEDICATED FUNDING PLANS.
  • DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN INFRASTRUCTURE RATINGS AT STATE AND LOCAL LEVELS.
  • INCREASE PUBLIC AWARENESS FOR INFRASTRUCTURE.

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

Dams

  • North Carolina’s dam safety program has 18 Full-Time Employees that each oversee an average of 248.8 state regulated dams.
  • North Carolina has 1,255 high hazard dams.
  • 31% of the state regulated dams in North Carolina have an Emergency Action Plan.
  • North Carolina’s state dam safety program has an annual budget of $1,205,710.

Drinking Water

  • North Carolina has reported $10 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.

Hazardous Waste

  • North Carolina has 37 sites on the National Priorities List.

Levees

  • North Carolina has approximately 46 miles of levees according to the current FEMA Midterm Levee Inventory.

Wastewater

  • North Carolina has reported $6.6 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.

Aviation

  • There are 112 public-use airports in North Carolina.

Bridges

  • 2,192 of the 18,165 (12.1%) bridges in North Carolina are considered structurally deficient.
  • 3,296 of the 18,165 (18.1%) bridges in North Carolina are considered functionally obsolete.
  • North Carolina received $110.4 million from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in FY2011.

Inland Waterways

  • North Carolina has 1,150 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 7th in the nation.

Ports

  • North Carolina’s ports handled 10.7 million short tons of cargo in 2009, ranking it 33rd in the nation.

Rail

  • North Carolina has 22 freight railroads covering 3,245 miles across the state, ranking it 18th by mileage.

Roads

  • Driving on roads in need of repair costs North Carolina motorists $1.555 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $241 per motorist.
  • 45% of North Carolina’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
  • North Carolina has 105,103 public road miles.
  • North Carolina’s highway vehicle-miles traveled in 2009 was approximately 10,709 per capita, ranking it 17th in the nation.
  • North Carolina’s gas tax of 37.8 cents per gallon has not been increased in 0 years.

Transit

  • North Carolina has 59,616 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems – motor bus, heavy rail, light rail, and commuter rail.

Parks and Recreation

  • North Carolina has reported an unmet need of $1.44 billion for its parks system.

Schools

  • Public school districts in North Carolina spent a total of $4 billion on capital outlays for school construction and acquisition of land and existing structures in fiscal years 2005–2008.
  • It is estimated that North Carolina schools have $9.8 billion in infrastructure funding needs.

Energy

  • North Carolina produces 6.840 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 13th.

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