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

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Key Facts:


  • Rhode Island’s dam safety program has 1.6 Full-Time Employees that each oversee an average of 417 state regulated dams.
  • Rhode Island has 96 high hazard dams.
  • None of the state regulated dams in Rhode Island have an Emergency Action Plan.
  • Rhode Island’s state dam safety program has an annual budget of $193,239.

Drinking Water

  • Rhode Island has reported $428 million in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.

Hazardous Waste

  • Rhode Island has 12 sites on the National Priorities List.


  • Rhode Island has approximately 5 miles of levees according to the current FEMA Midterm Levee Inventory.


  • There are 8 public-use airports in Rhode Island.


  • 167 of the 766 bridges in Rhode Island (21.8%) are considered structurally deficient.
  • 266 of the 766 bridges in Rhode Island (34.7%) are considered functionally obsolete.
  • Rhode Island received $71.4 million from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in FY2011.

Inland Waterways

  • Rhode Island has 40 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 38th in the nation.


  • Rhode Island’s ports handled 7.6 million short tons of cargo in 2012, ranking it 36th in the nation.


  • Rhode Island has 1 freight railroad covering 19 miles across the state, ranking it 50th by mileage


  • Rhode Island has 6,480 miles of public roads.
  • Rhode Island has 983 miles of major roads, 41% of which are in poor condition.
  • Driving on roads in need of repair costs Rhode Island motorists $496 million a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $661.94 per motorist.


  • Rhode Island has 20.1 million annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems – motor bus, heavy rail, light rail, and commuter rail.

Parks and Recreation

  •  Rhode Island has reported an unmet need of $3.6 million for its parks system.


  • Public school districts in Rhode Island spent a total of $642 million on capital outlays for school construction and acquisition of land and existing structures in fiscal years 2005– 2008.
  • It is estimated that Rhode Island schools have $696 million in infrastructure funding needs.


  • Rhode Island produces .144 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 49th.
Source: 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure


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