Texas Key Facts:
How Do You Use Infrastructure?Before you even leave the house, you will turn on a light, which works because of energy infrastructure; get dressed in the morning using drinking water and wastewater infrastructure; eat a piece of toast, made with wheat grown using water dam infrastructure and transported on roads and across bridges, or along navigable waterways. After breakfast you might watch your kids leave for school and then take transit to work. You’ll take the garbage to the curb, which is disposed of using solid waste infrastructure, and if there’s a heavy afternoon storm, flood control infrastructure will protect your house. In the evening you’ll open a letter, mailed to your house using aviation infrastructure. We expect infrastructure to work efficiently and when it doesn’t, we quickly find out how much we rely on it like our fellow New Yorkers in the wake of the devastating super storm Sandy.
Texas Facts from the 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure
- Texas’s dam safety program has 29 Full-Time Employees that each oversee an average of 245.6 state regulated dams.
- Texas has 915 high hazard dams.
- 65% of the state regulated dams in Texas have an Emergency Action Plan.
- Texas’s state dam safety program has an annual budget of $2,104,634.
- Texas has reported $26 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.
- Texas has 50 sites on the National Priorities List.
- Texas has approximately 1,465 miles of levees according to the current FEMA Midterm Levee Inventory.
- Texas has reported $11.5 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.
- There are 396 public-use airports in Texas.
- 1,372 of the 52,260 bridges in Texas (2.6%) are considered structurally deficient.
- 8,680 of the 52,260 bridges in Texas (16.6%) are considered functionally obsolete.
- Texas received $135.9 million from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in FY2011.
- Texas has 830 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 13th in the nation.
- Texas’s ports handled 451.8 million short tons of cargo in 2009, ranking it 1st in the nation.
- Texas has 47 freight railroads covering 10,384 miles across the state, ranking it 1st by mileage.
- Driving on roads in need of repair costs Texas motorists $5.27 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $343 per motorist.
- 38% of Texas’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
- Texas has 306,404 public road miles.
- Texas’s highway vehicle-miles traveled in 2009 was approximately 9,267 per capita, ranking it 37th in the nation.
- Texas’s gas tax of 20 cents per gallon has not been increased in 21 years.
- Texas has 265,307 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems – motor bus, heavy rail, light rail, and commuter rail.
Parks and Recreation
- Texas has reported an unmet need of $115 million for its parks system.
- Public school districts in Texas spent a total of $23.5 billion on capital outlays for school construction and acquisition of land and existing structures in fiscal years 2005–2008.
- It is estimated that Texas schools have $12.6 billion in infrastructure funding needs.
- Texas produces 28.967 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 5th.
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