Top Three Infrastructure Concerns:

  1. Roads
  2. Bridges
  3. Mass Transit

Key Infrastructure Facts

  • 13% of Minnesota’s bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.
  • There are 23 high hazard dams in Minnesota. A high hazard dam is defined as a dam whose failure would cause a loss of life and significant property damage.
  • 72 of Minnesota’s 1,128 dams are in need of rehabilitation to meet applicable state dam safety standards.
  • Minnesota’s drinking water infrastructure needs an investment of $5.46 billion over the next 20 years.
  • Minnesota ranked 27th in the quantity of hazardous waste produced and 23rd in the total number of hazardous waste producers.
  • Minnesota’s ports handled 40 million tons of waterborne traffic in 2005, ranking it 23rd in the nation.
  • Minnesota reported an unmet need of $21.7 million for its state public outdoor recreation facilities and parkland acquisition.
  • 32% of Minnesota’s major roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
  • 76% of Minnesota’s major urban highways are congested.
  • Vehicle travel on Minnesota’s highways increased 47% from 1990 to 2007.
  • Minnesota has $2.73 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.
Clean Water Needs Survey, Environmental Protection Agency, 2004.