Top Three Infrastructure Concerns:

  1. Roads
  2. Wastewater
  3. Bridges

Key Infrastructure Facts

  • 26% of Alabama’s bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.
  • Alabama has no dam safety program.
  • Alabama’s drinking water infrastructure needs an investment of $1.69 billion over the next 20 years.
  • Alabama ranked 15th in the quantity of hazardous waste produced and 24th in the total number of hazardous waste producers.
  • Alabama’s ports handled 78 million tons of waterborne traffic in 2005, ranking it 13th in the nation.
  • Alabama reported an unmet need of $45 million for its state public outdoor recreation facilities and parkland acquisition.
  • 16% of Alabama’s major roads have pavements in poor or mediocre condition.
  • Vehicle travel on Alabama’s highways increased 45 percent from 1990 to 2007.
  • 52% of Alabama’s urban highways are considered congested.
  • Alabama has $3 billion in deferred transportation maintenance.
  • Alabama has $3.51 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs.


*Survey of the state’s ASCE members conducted in September 2008

Deficient Bridge Report, Federal Highway Administration, 2008.
National Inventory of Dams, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 2008.
Drinking Water Needs Survey and Assessment, Environmental Protection Agency, 2003.
National Biennial RCRA Hazardous Waste Report, Environmental Protection Agency, 2007.
The U.S. Waterway System – Transportation Facts, Navigation Data Center, U.S Army Corps of Engineers, February 2007.
2007 Annual Report, Land and Water Conservation Fund State Assistance Program, National Park Service.
TRIP Fact Sheet, March 2009.
Grading the States ’08: A Management Report Card, Government Performance Project, Governing Magazine.
Clean Water Needs Survey, Environmental Protection Agency, 2004.