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

Aviation

13 public-use airports

Bridges

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

Dams

273 high hazard dams

Drinking Water

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

Energy

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

Levees

24 miles of levees

Ports

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

Public Parks

$87 million of unmet needs for its parks system

Rail

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

Roads

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

Schools

$689 million gap in in estimated school capital expenditures

Transit

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

Wastewater

$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.
Investment

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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