Utah Key Facts:Utah’s public infrastructure systems are at a crossroads of historic growth. Significant changes are needed as population density increases and the state’s infrastructure faces new demands. Utah is seeing a rapid shift towards urbanization but also a transition in infrastructure use from an agrarian to urban corridor. Both old and new infrastructure will require Utah’s attention. In this assessment, available funding and needs information was compiled, and it is estimated that Utah’s infrastructure needs over the next 20 years exceed $60 billion to both maintain and provide infrastructure for growing areas. As federal funding sources recede, the State of Utah will need to strive to be self-sufficient in the planning and funding of infrastructure. The 2015 Report Card for Utah’s Infrastructure is an independent review of the current state of infrastructure needs, capability and funding in the State of Utah by the Utah Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. It is a tool that shows every citizen the extent, condition, and importance of the state’s infrastructure assets that support modern life.
Key Facts from the 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure
- Utah’s dam safety program has 6.5 Full-Time Employees that each oversee an average of 104 state regulated dams.
- Utah has 201 high hazard dams.
- 100% of the state regulated high hazard dams in Utah have an Emergency Action Plan.
- Utah’s state dam safety program has an annual budget of $748,300.
- Utah has reported $3.7 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.
- Utah has 15 sites on the National Priorities List.
- Utah has approximately 72 miles of levees according to the current FEMA Midterm Levee Inventory.
- Utah has reported $2.9 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.
- There are 46 public-use airports in Utah.
- 117 of the 2,974 bridges in Utah (3.9%) are considered structurally deficient.
- 320 of the 2,974 bridges in Utah (10.8%) are considered functionally obsolete.
- Utah received $10.7 million from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in FY2011.
- Utah has 8 freight railroads covering 1,356 miles across the state, ranking it 38th by mileage.
- Utah has 45,891 miles of public roads.
- Utah has 4,692 miles of major roads, 4% of which are in poor condition.
- Driving on roads in need of repair costs Utah motorists $527 million a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $294.79 per motorist.
- Utah has 43 million annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems – motor bus, heavy rail, light rail, and commuter rail.
Parks and Recreation
- Utah has reported an unmet need of $356 million for its parks system.
- Public school districts in Utah spent a total of $1.9 billion on capital outlays for school construction and acquisition of land and existing structures in fiscal years 2005–2008.
- It is estimated that Utah schools have $3.1 billion in infrastructure funding needs.
- Utah produces 1.476 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 43rd.
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