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

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WA RC Cover 20132013 Report Card for Washington’s Infrastructure

The purpose of the 2013 Report Card for Washington’s Infrastructure is to offer the public and policymakers an easy to understand assessment of how our infrastructure is doing and what needs attention. This report finds that Washington’s infrastructure earned a cumulative GPA of C. The analysis was conducted over the past year by a team of infrastructure experts from the Seattle Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The 2013 Report Card for Washington’s Infrastructure concludes that while Washington has many types of infrastructure and many great facilities across the state, a lack of planned and guaranteed funding and inadequate maintenance are reported across all nine categories -Aviation, Bridges, Dams, Drinking Water, Rail, Roads, Schools, Solid and Hazardous Waste, and Transit.

Read the full 2013 Report Card for Washington’s Infrastructure here.

Washington Facts from the 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure

Dams

  • Washington’s dam safety program has 8.5 Full-Time Employees that each oversee an average of 121.2 state regulated dams.
  • Washington has 227 high hazard dams.
  • 90% of the state regulated dams in Washington have an Emergency Action Plan.
  • Washington’s state dam safety program has an annual budget of $1,330,303.

Drinking Water

  • Washington has reported $9.8 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.

Hazardous Waste

  • Washington has 49 sites on the National Priorities List.

Levees

  • Washington has approximately 713 miles of levees according to the current FEMA Midterm Levee Inventory.

Wastewater

  • Washington has reported $5.3 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.

Aviation

  • There are 137 public-use airports in Washington.

Bridges

  • 366 of the 7,840 bridges in Washington (4.7%) are considered structurally deficient.
  • 1,693 of the 7,840 bridges in Washington (21.6%) are considered functionally obsolete.
  • Washington received $146 million from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in FY2011.

Inland Waterways

  • Washington has 1,060 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 9th in the nation.

Ports

  • Washington’s ports handled 107 million short tons of cargo in 2009, ranking it 6th in the nation.

Rail

  • Washington has 23 freight railroads covering 3,215 miles across the state, ranking it 20th by mileage.

Roads

  • Driving on roads in need of repair costs Washington motorists $1.349 million a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $272 per motorist.
  • 67% of Washington’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
  • Washington has 83,505 public road miles.
  • Washington’s highway vehicle-miles traveled in 2009 was approximately 8,482 per capita, ranking it 41st in the nation.
  • Washington’s gas tax of 37.5 cents per gallon has not been increased in 4 years.

Transit

  • Washington has 230381 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems – motor bus, heavy rail, light rail, and commuter rail.

Parks and Recreation

  • Washington has reported an unmet need of $218.3 million for its parks system.

Schools

  • Public school districts in Washington spent a total of $5.2 billion on capital outlays for school construction and acquisition of land and existing structures in fiscal years 2005–2008.
  • It is estimated that Washington schools have $6.3 billion in infrastructure funding needs.

Energy

  • Washington produces 74.905 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 1st.

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