Infrastructure in Colorado

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


497 (5.70%) of the 8,682 bridges are structurally deficient

Bridge Funding

$138,208,228 spent on state bridge capital projects in 2013

Dams with EAPS

97% of the state regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan


407 high hazard dams

Drinking Water

$7.1 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years


127.1 Trillion BTU of renewable energy every year, ranking it 29th

Hazardous Waste

20 sites on the National Priorities List


66 miles of levees

Public Parks

$625 million of unmet needs for its parks system


2,662 miles of freight railroads across the state, ranking 26th nationally


88,740 miles of Public Roads, with 21% in poor condition

Road Costs

$580 per motorist per year in costs from driving on roads in need of repair


$640 million gap in estimated school capital expenditures


125,584,005 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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