Infrastructure in California

California Infrastructure Overview

While the nation’s infrastructure earned a “D+” in the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, California faces infrastructure challenges of its own. For example, driving on roads in need of repair in California costs each driver $844 per year, and 5.5% of bridges are rated structurally deficient. Drinking water needs in California are an estimated $44.5 billion, and wastewater needs total $26.2 billion. 678 dams are considered to be high-hazard potential. The state’s schools have an estimated capital expenditure gap of $3.2 billion. This deteriorating infrastructure impedes California’s 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, California, and families can no longer afford.

Key Facts about California's Infrastructure


190 public-use airports


1,388 (5.50%) of the 25,431 bridges are structurally deficient

Bridge Funding

$25,783,900 spent on state bridge capital projects in 2013

Dams with EAPS

68% of the state regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan


678 high hazard dams

Drinking Water

$44.5 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years


766.1 Trillion BTU of renewable energy every year, ranking it 2nd

Hazardous Waste

98 sites on the National Priorities List

Inland Waterways

290 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 26th


9,560 miles of levees


230.2 million short tons of cargo in 2012, ranking it 3rd nationally

Public Parks

$4.85 billion of unmet needs for its parks system


5,295 miles of freight railroads across the state, ranking 3rd nationally


195,834 miles of Public Roads, with 50% in poor condition

Road Costs

$844 per motorist per year in costs from driving on roads in need of repair


$3.2 billion gap in estimated school capital expenditures


1,435,298,779 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems including bus, transit, and commuter trains


$26.2 billion 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.

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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