North Dakota

Top Three Infrastructure Concerns:

  1. Roads
  2. Wastewater
  3. Bridges

Key Infrastructure Facts

  • 22% of North Dakota’s bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.
  • There are 29 high hazard dams in North Dakota. A high hazard dam is defined as a dam whose failure would cause a loss of life and significant property damage.
  • 18 of North Dakota’s 1,150 dams are in need of rehabilitation to meet applicable state dam safety standards.
  • 45% of high hazard dams in North Dakota 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.
  • North Dakota’s drinking water infrastructure needs an investment of $607 million over the next 20 years.
  • North Dakota ranked 13th in the quantity of hazardous waste produced and 50th in the total number of hazardous waste producers.
  • North Dakota reported an unmet need of $3.7 million for its state public outdoor recreation facilities and parkland acquisition.
  • 25% of North Dakota’s major roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
  • Vehicle travel on North Dakota’s highways increased 47% from 1990 to 2007.
  • North Dakota has $50 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.
Clean Water Needs Survey, Environmental Protection Agency, 2004.