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TX2012 Report Card for Texas’ Infrastructure

Infrastructure is a part of our daily lives. Too often we take it for granted, even though in a typical day, most of us use or are impacted by each of the infrastructure categories assessed in this 2012 Report Card for Texas’ Infrastructure by the Texas Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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.

Read the full 2012 Report Card for Texas’ Infrastructure here.

How is Texas’ Infrastructure Doing?

Dams

  • Texas’s dam safety program has 28 Full-Time Employees that each oversee an average of 142 state regulated dams.
  • Texas has 1086 high hazard dams.
  • 78% of the state regulated dams in Texas have an Emergency Action Plan.
  • Texas’s state dam safety program has an annual budget of $1,815,743.

Drinking Water

  • Texas has reported $33.9 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.

Hazardous Waste

  • Texas has 50 sites on the National Priorities List.

Levees

  • Texas has approximately 1,465 miles of levees according to the current FEMA Midterm Levee Inventory.

Wastewater

  • Texas has reported $11.5 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.

Aviation

  • There are 396 public-use airports in Texas.

Bridges

  • 1,283 of the 52,561 bridges in Texas (2.4%) are considered structurally deficient.
  • 8,715 of the 52,561 bridges in Texas (16.6%) are considered functionally obsolete.
  • Texas received $135.9 million from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in FY2011.

Inland Waterways

  • Texas has 830 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 13th in the nation.

Ports

  • Texas’s ports handled 458.9 million short tons of cargo in 2012, ranking it 2nd in the nation.

Rail

  • Texas has 47 freight railroads covering 10,384 miles across the state, ranking it 1st by mileage.

Roads

  • Texas has 313,210 miles of public roads.
  • Texas has 36,660 miles of major roads, 8% of which are in poor or mediocre condition
  • Driving on roads in need of repair costs Texas motorists $5.7 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $372.61 per motorist.

Transit

  • Texas has 275.9 million 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.

Schools

  • 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.

Energy

  • Texas produces 28.967 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 5th.
 

  Source: 2013 Report Card for Americas Infrastructure

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