Infrastructure in Arkansas

Arkansas Infrastructure Overview

While the nation’s infrastructure earned a “D+” in the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, Arkansas faces infrastructure challenges of its own. For example, driving on roads in need of repair in Arkansas costs each driver $543 per year, and 5.9% of bridges are rated structurally deficient. Drinking water needs in Arkansas are an estimated $7.38 billion, and wastewater needs total $715 million. 193 dams are considered to be high-hazard potential. The state’s schools have an estimated capital expenditure gap of $587 million. This deteriorating infrastructure impedes Arkansas’ ability to compete in an increasingly global marketplace. Success in a 21st century economy requires serious, sustained leadership on infrastructure investment at all levels of government. Delaying these investments only escalates the cost and risks of an aging infrastructure system, an option that the country, Arkansas, and families can no longer afford.

Key Facts about Arkansas's Infrastructure

Aviation

78 public-use airports

Bridges

765 (5.94%) of the 12,864 bridges are structurally deficient

Dams

193 high hazard dams

Dams with EAPS

70% of the state regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan

Drinking Water

$7.38 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years

Hazardous Waste

9 sites on the National Priorities List

Inland Waterways

1,860 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 3rd

Levees

1,458 miles of levees

Ports

18.2 million short tons of cargo in 2012, ranking it 30th nationally

Public Parks

$231.72 million of unmet needs for its parks system

Rail

2,505 miles of freight railroads across the state, ranking 26th nationally

Road Costs

$543 per motorist per year in costs from driving on roads in need of repair

Roads

102,603 miles of Public Roads, with 17% in poor condition

Schools

$587 million gap in estimated school capital expenditures

Transit

6,183,297 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems including bus, transit, and commuter trains

Wastewater

$715 million in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years

Key Solutions

Our nation’s infrastructure problems are solvable if we have leadership and commit to making good ideas a reality. Raising the grades on our infrastructure will require that we seek and adopt a wide range of solutions.
Investment

We can no longer afford to defer investment in our nation’s critical infrastructure systems.

Leadership & Planning

Smart investment will only be possible with leadership, planning, and a clear vision for our nation’s infrastructure.

Preparing for the Future

We have to utilize new approaches, materials, and technologies to ensure our infrastructure is more resilient.

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