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America's GPA: D+
Estimated Investment Needed by 2020:
$3.6 Trillion


Vermont Key Facts:

VTASCE_2011_Infrastructure_Report_Card_Page_01-386x5002011 Report Card for Vermont’s Infrastructure

The Vermont Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers selected a volunteer team of professional civil engineers registered in the State of Vermont, to review infrastructure and develop the first Vermont Infrastructure Report Card. The Vermont Report Card evaluated bridges, roads, dams, drinking water, and wastewater infrastructure within the State of Vermont. As with the national report card, produced by the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Vermont Report Card is intended to provide an overview of issues relating to and condition of common infrastructure in our nation and state. Our goal is to provide a simple document that can be used as a resource by local, state and federal leaders within our State to help improve infrastructure and raise public awareness. Read the full Report Card here.  

Vermont’s Key Facts from the 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure


  • Vermont’s dam safety program has 2.25 Full-Time Employees that each oversee an average of 201.3 state regulated dams.
  • Vermont has 56 high hazard dams.
  • 64% of the state regulated dams in Vermont have an Emergency Action Plan.
  • Vermont’s state dam safety program has an annual budget of $226,000.

Drinking Water

  • Vermont has reported $453 million in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.

Hazardous Waste

  • Vermont has 11 sites on the National Priorities List.


  • Vermont has approximately 2 miles of levees according to the current FEMA Midterm Levee Inventory.


  • Vermont has reported $218 million in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.


  • There are 16 public-use airports in Vermont.


  • 288 of the 2,727 bridges in Vermont (10.6%) are considered structurally deficient.
  • 643 of the 2,727 bridges in Vermont (23.6%) are considered functionally obsolete.
  • Vermont received $29.2 million from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in FY2011.


  • Vermont has 8 freight railroads covering 590 miles across the state, ranking it 44th by mileage.


  • Driving on roads in need of repair costs Vermont motorists $230 million a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $424 per motorist.
  • 45% of Vermont’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
  • Vermont has 14,436 public road miles.
  • Vermont’s highway vehicle-miles traveled in 2009 was approximately 11,579 per capita, ranking it 9th in the nation.
  • Vermont’s gas tax of 26.7 cents per gallon has not been increased in 0 years.


  • Vermont has 2,499 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems – motor bus, heavy rail, light rail, and commuter rail.

Parks and Recreation

  • Vermont has reported an unmet need of $65 million for its parks system.


  • Public school districts in Vermont spent a total of $187 million on capital outlays for school construction and acquisition of land and existing structures in fiscal years 2005–2008.
  • It is estimated that Vermont schools have $326 million in infrastructure funding needs.


  • Vermont produces 1.829 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 39th.


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