Top Three Infrastructure Concerns:

  1. Roads
  2. Drinking Water
  3. Bridges

Key Infrastructure Facts

Colorado Report Card - 2008

  • 18% of Colorado’s bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.
  • There are 352 high hazard dams in Colorado. A high hazard dam is defined as a dam whose failure would cause a loss of life and significant property damage.
  • 9 of Colorado’s 1,935 dams are in need of rehabilitation to meet applicable state dam safety standards.
  • 2% of high hazard dams in Colorado have no emergency action plan (EAP). An EAP is a predetermined plan of action to be taken including roles, responsibilities and procedures for surveillance, notification and evacuation to reduce the potential for loss of life and property damage in an area affected by a failure or mis-operation of a dam.
  • Colorado’s drinking water infrastructure needs an investment of $5.32 billion over the next 20 years.
  • Colorado ranked 34th in the quantity of hazardous waste produced and 33rd in the total number of hazardous waste producers.
  • Colorado reported an unmet need of $440 million for its state public outdoor recreation facilities and parkland acquisition.
  • 32% of Colorado’s major roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
  • 31% of Colorado’s major urban highways are congested.
  • Vehicle travel on Colorado’s highways increased by 79% from 1990 to 2007.
  • Colorado has $2.13 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs.
  • Colorado’s 2008 budget spent $66 million less on non-transportation infrastructure projects than state agenicies believed they needed.


*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.
2007 Annual Report, Land and Water Conservation Fund State Assistance Program, National Park Service.
TRIP Fact Sheet, March 2009.
Clean Water Needs Survey, Environmental Protection Agency, 2004.
Grading the States ’08: A Management Report Card, Government Performance Project, Governing Magazine.