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.
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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
36 public-use airports
117 of the 2,974 bridges are structurally deficient
$10.70 million in bridge funds came from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in 2011
100% of the state regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan
201 high hazard dams
$3.7 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years
1.476 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 43rd
15 sites on the National Priorities List
72 miles of levees
$356.0 million of unmet needs for its parks system
8 freight railroads covering 1,356 miles across the state, ranking 38th nationally by mileage
4,692 of the state’s 45,891 public roads are major roads, and 4% are in poor condition
$527.0 million a year in costs to motorists from driving on roads in need of repair, which is $295 /yr per motorist
$3.1 billion in estimated school infrastructure funding needs
40.3 million annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems including bus, transit, and commuter trains
$2.9 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years
July 30, 2015
During the last two months, the Senate made good use of its time to craft a multi-year surface transportation bill with an increase in funding.
July 29, 2015
Traffic jams and project backlogs aren’t problems that will be going away any time soon as the Highway Trust Fund is once again headed towards
July 27, 2015
Two weeks ago, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would fund federal transportation projects through mid-December to avoid the July 31 legislative
July 24, 2015
With one week left until the Highway Trust Fund expires, the Senate is kicking it into high gear to agree on a long-term surface transportation