Infrastructure in Connecticut

Connecticut Infrastructure Overview

While the nation’s infrastructure earned a “D+” in the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, Connecticut faces infrastructure challenges of its own. For example, driving on roads in need of repair in Connecticut costs each driver $864 per year, and 8.0% of bridges are rated structurally deficient. Drinking water needs in Connecticut are an estimated $3.6 billion, and wastewater needs total $4.6 Billion. 273 dams are considered to be high-hazard potential. The state’s schools have an estimated capital expenditure gap of $689 million. This deteriorating infrastructure impedes Connecticut’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, Connecticut, and families can no longer afford.

Key Facts about Connecticut's Infrastructure


13 public-use airports


338 (8.00%) of the 4,214 bridges are structurally deficient

Bridge Funding

$280,165,324 spent on state bridge capital projects in 2013

Dams with EAPS

86% of the state regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan


273 high hazard dams

Drinking Water

$3.6 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years


31.6 Trillion BTU of renewable energy every year, ranking it 45th

Hazardous Waste

14 sites on the National Priorities List

Inland Waterways

120 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 34th


24 miles of levees


13.3 million short tons of cargo in 2012, ranking it 32nd nationally

Public Parks

$87 million of unmet needs for its parks system


364 miles of freight railroads across the state, ranking 46th nationally


21,512 miles of Public Roads, with 57% in poor condition

Road Costs

$864 per motorist per year in costs from driving on roads in need of repair


$689 million gap in estimated school capital expenditures


45,661,439 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems including bus, transit, and commuter trains


$4.6 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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