Top Three Infrastructure Concerns:

  1. Roads
  2. Bridges
  3. Mass Transit

Key Infrastructure Facts

  • 56% of Massachusetts’ bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.
  • There are 303 high hazard dams in Massachusetts. A high hazard dam is defined as a dam whose failure would cause a loss of life and significant property damage.
  • 246 of Massachusetts’ 1,630 dams are in need of rehabilitation to meet applicable state dam safety standards.
  • 18% of high hazard dams in Massachusetts 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.
  • Massachusetts’ drinking water infrastructure needs an investment of $8.56 billion over the next 20 years.
  • Massachusetts ranked 19th in the quantity of hazardous waste produced and 11th in the total number of hazardous waste producers.
  • Massachusetts’ ports handled 10 million tons of waterborne traffic in 2005, ranking it 35th in the nation.
  • Massachusetts reported an unmet need of $12.5 million for its state public outdoor recreation facilities and parkland acquisition.
  • 41% of Massachusetts’ major roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
  • 38% of Massaachusetts’ major urban highways are considered congested.
  • Vehicle travel on Massachusetts’ highways increased 41% from 1990 to 2007.
  • Massachusetts needs to come up with an additional $15 - $19 billion over the next two decades for maintenance on existing transportation assets.
  • Massachusetts has $3.16 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs.


*Survey of the state’s ASCE members conducted in September 2009.

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.