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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 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.
Bridges was awarded a C-.Missouri has 339 functionally obsolete bridges (12 percent of Missouri’s bridge inventory). Compared to of the national average of 14 percent, Missouri has the 19th lowest percentage in the country.
Dams received the lowest grade of D-. Missouri has 1,588 high hazard dams, and 3,511 significant or low hazard dams. Of these dams, the state regulates 462 high hazard dams and 218 significant and low hazard dams.
Drinking Water earned a C-. Even though Missouri has an abundance of water for serving its communities, its aging water treatment and distribution systems are struggling to keep up with current demand for operations and maintenance.
Energy earned a D+. Missouri’s shift away from coal and toward more sustainable energy systems, is requiring increased investment in generation facilities, transmission and distribution networks.
Inland Waterways was awarded a D. Each year the Missouri River carries 8 million tons of cargo, throughout its navigable length. The Mississippi River carries 58 million tons to the mouth of the Missouri River, and 189 million tons to Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Levees was awarded a C-. Missouri has a total of 192 levees with a total length of 2,068 levee miles. It is estimated that 85 percent of Missouri’s levees are not a part of the National Levee Database.
Rail received a C. In order to meet future travel demands and connect Kansas City with Saint Louis and Chicago, greater funding and much greater support from the State will be necessary.
Roads earned a C. The last time the state of Missouri passed a piece of transportation funding related legislation was in 2004. The funding generated by the bill allowed for 2,200 miles of the state’s busiest highways to be smoother and safer, sped up 55 critical highway projects and allowed $1.6 billion in new construction.
Schools earned a C, in part due to education budget cuts and a lack of long-term funding. As buildings get older the need to replace them or make costly repairs increases.
Wastewater earned a C-. The state of Missouri has a network of established wastewater systems that have been functionally serving citizens for over 50 years in some locations.
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
76 public-use airports
3,195 (13.10%) of the 24,468 bridges are structurally deficient
$242,904,070 spent on state bridge capital projects in 2013
Dams with EAPS
85% of the state regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan
465 high hazard dams
$3.7 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years
93.2 Trillion BTU of renewable energy every year, ranking it 33rd
33 sites on the National Priorities List
1,030 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 10th
2,188 miles of levees
38.8 million short tons of cargo in 2012, ranking it 20th nationally
$2.09 billion of unmet needs for its parks system
3,957 miles of freight railroads across the state, ranking 10th nationally
131,549 miles of Public Roads, with 24% in poor condition
$604 per motorist per year in costs from driving on roads in need of repair
$685 million gap in in estimated school capital expenditures
69,188,807 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems including bus, transit, and commuter trains
$9.61 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years
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