Utah

2015 Report Card GPA:
C+

2015 Report Card for Utah's Infrastructure

logoUtah’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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Utah Infrastructure Grades for 2012

2015 Report Card GPA:
C+
Bridges
B+
Canals
D+
Dams
B-
Drinking Water
C
Hazardous Waste
C+
Levees
D-
Roads
B+
Solid Waste
B-
Transit
B+
Wastewater & Stormwater
C+

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

Key Facts About Utah Infrastructure

Aviation

36 public-use airports

Bridges

117 of the 2,974 bridges are structurally deficient

Bridges

$10.70 million in bridge funds came from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in 2011

Dams

100% of the state regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan

Dams

201 high hazard dams

Drinking Water

$3.7 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years

Energy

1.476 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 43rd

Hazardous Waste

15 sites on the National Priorities List

Levees

72 miles of levees

Public Parks

$356.0 million of unmet needs for its parks system

Rail

8 freight railroads covering 1,356 miles across the state, ranking 38th nationally by mileage

Roads

4,692 of the state’s 45,891 public roads are major roads, and 4% are in poor condition

Roads

$527.0 million a year in costs to motorists from driving on roads in need of repair, which is $295 /yr per motorist

Schools

$3.1 billion in estimated school infrastructure funding needs

Transit

40.3 million annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems including bus, transit, and commuter trains

Wastewater

$2.9 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years

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