Waste Free is the Way to Be!
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.
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
$10.19 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years
20 sites on the National Priorities List
66 miles of levees
$625 million of unmet needs for its parks system
2,427 miles of freight railroads across the state, ranking 28th nationally
$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
December 13, 2019
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ASCE urges the 116th Congress to focus on prioritizing infrastructure upgrades and modernization to sustain our economy, public health, and safety. Contact your Member of Congress to urge them to draft and pass legislation that moves toward closing the $2 trillion investment gap.Share Story
While we have made some progress, reversing the trajectory after decades of underinvestment in our infrastructure requires transformative action.Share Story
Senate Appropriators have allocated funding to the High Hazard Potential Dams Program. Write your Members of Congress and ask them to fund this program so that our nation’s “D” dams can receive the investment they need.Share Story