Top Three Infrastructure Concerns:

  1. Roads
  2. Bridges
  3. Drinking Water

Key Infrastructure Facts

  • 16% of Nevada’s bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.
  • There are 165 high hazard dams in Nevada. A high hazard dam is defined as a dam whose failure would cause a loss of life and significant property damage.
  • 27 of Nevada’s 744 dams are in need of rehabilitation to meet applicable state dam safety standards.
  • 35% of high hazard dams in Nevada 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.
  • Nevada’s drinking water infrastructure needs an investment of $912 million over the next 20 years.
  • Nevada ranked 42nd in the quantity of hazardous waste produced and 39th in the total number of hazardous waste producers.
  • Nevada reported an unmet need of $8 million for its state public outdoor recreation facilities and parkland acquisition.
  • 13% of Nevada’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
  • 59% of Nevada’s major urban highways are congested.
  • Vehicle travel on Nevada’s highways increased 117% from 1990 to 2007.
  • Nevada’s transportation department has identified 10 mega projects costing an estimated $4.8 billion that need to be completed by 2015 to avoid gridlock in urban areas.
  • Nevada has $246 million 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.
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.

Other resources:
Nevada Report Card