Infrastructure in Colorado

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Colorado Infrastructure Overview

While the nation’s infrastructure earned a “D+” in the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, Colorado faces infrastructure challenges of its own. For example, driving on roads in need of repair in Colorado costs each driver $580 per year, and 5.7% of bridges are rated structurally deficient. Drinking water needs in Colorado are an estimated $7.1 billion, and wastewater needs total $4.69 billion. 407 dams are considered to be high-hazard potential. The state’s schools have an estimated capital expenditure gap of $640 million. This deteriorating infrastructure impedes Colorado’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, Colorado, and families can no longer afford.

Key Facts about Colorado's Infrastructure


49 public-use airports


488 (5.59%) of the 8,717 bridges are structurally deficient


453 high hazard dams

Dams with EAPS

98% of the state regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan

Drinking Water

$10.19 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years

Hazardous Waste

20 sites on the National Priorities List


66 miles of levees

Public Parks

$625 million of unmet needs for its parks system


2,427 miles of freight railroads across the state, ranking 28th nationally

Road Costs

$637 per motorist per year in costs from driving on roads in need of repair


88,818 miles of Public Roads, with 22% in poor condition


$640 million gap in estimated school capital expenditures


125,463,344 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems including bus, transit, and commuter trains


$4.69 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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