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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 Kansas gives our infrastructure a unique importance as the crossroads of several interstate highways and rail systems intersect in our state. With this in mind, engineers from the Kansas City and Kansas Sections of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) came together to grade the infrastructure for the entire state of Kansas and raise awareness of the need for continued funding and maintenance of these essential facilities.
Aviation earned a C. Twenty-five percent of Kansas’ airports with paved runways need improvement. System-wide, only 36 percent of Kansas airports meet the benchmark for clear approaches to the primary runway.
Bridges were awarded a D+, in part due to Kansas’s nearly 3,000 structurally deficient bridges. Only five states have more structurally deficient bridges than Kansas.
Dams earned the lowest grade of a D-. With 6,087 dams, Kansas has the second most dams in the United States next only to Texas. Of the state’s dams, 230 are classified as high hazard, meaning failure would likely lead to loss of life and significant property damage.
Drinking Water earned a C. Too many Kansas communities are susceptible to aquifer depletion, drought, and sedimentation of reservoirs. Presently, there are no dedicated revenue streams to support the necessary funding to support the Kansas’ Water Plan initiatives.
Energy was awarded a C-. Kansas ranks in the top ten for crude oil production and has one of the richest natural gas fields in the United States. Despite this size, gaining transmission infrastructure jeopardizes Kansas in the long-term.
Levees earned a C-, in part due to the fact that there are no consistent standards or regulations governing the maintenance and ongoing inspection of levees in the State.
Rail earned a C. Kansas has the sixth largest rail system in the United States. Funding sources for the long-term investments have not been identified yet.
Roads earned the highest grade of a C+. A decrease in federal and state funding levels has a direct impact on the quality of roads in Kansas, from safety to pavement condition.
Schools earned a C+. There was a huge expansion in the 1950s where the amount of schools in Kansas more than doubled. These building are now 60 years old and many are in need of major repair or replacement.
A: EXCEPTIONAL, B: GOOD, C: MEDIOCRE, D: POOR, F: FAILING
Each category was evaluated on the basis of capacity, condition, funding, future need, operation and maintenance, public safety, resilience, and innovation
80 public-use airports
2,151 (8.60%) of the 25,013 bridges are structurally deficient
$14,925 spent on state bridge capital projects in 2013
Dams with EAPS
83% of the state regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan
235 high hazard dams
$4.2 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years
185.1 Trillion BTU of renewable energy every year, ranking it 17th
12 sites on the National Priorities List
120 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 38th
601 miles of levees
0.2 million short tons of cargo in 2012, ranking it 42nd nationally
$523.37 million of unmet needs for its parks system
4,855 miles of freight railroads across the state, ranking 6th nationally
140,654 miles of Public Roads, with 13% in poor condition
$500 per motorist per year in costs from driving on roads in need of repair
$257 million gap in in estimated school capital expenditures
9,060,376 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems including bus, transit, and commuter trains
$3.76 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years
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