Infrastructure in Delaware

Delaware Infrastructure Overview

While the nation’s infrastructure earned a “D+” in the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, Delaware faces infrastructure challenges of its own. For example, driving on roads in need of repair in Delaware costs each driver $394 per year, and 4.9% of bridges are rated structurally deficient. Drinking water needs in Delaware are an estimated $368.8 million, and wastewater needs total $206 million. 43 dams are considered to be high-hazard potential. The state’s schools have an estimated capital expenditure gap of $102 million. This deteriorating infrastructure impedes Delaware’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, Delaware, and families can no longer afford.

Key Facts about Delaware's Infrastructure


4 public-use airports


43 (4.90%) of the 877 bridges are structurally deficient

Bridge Funding

$37,647,770 spent on state bridge capital projects in 2013

Dams with EAPS

91% of the state regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan


43 high hazard dams

Drinking Water

$368.8 million in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years


4.2 Trillion BTU of renewable energy every year, ranking it 50th

Hazardous Waste

13 sites on the National Priorities List

Inland Waterways

100 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 31st


13 miles of levees


14.4 million short tons of cargo in 2012, ranking it 31st nationally

Public Parks

$12.25 million of unmet needs for its parks system


250 miles of freight railroads across the state, ranking 48th nationally


6,416 miles of Public Roads, with 16% in poor condition

Road Costs

$394 per motorist per year in costs from driving on roads in need of repair


$102 million gap in estimated school capital expenditures


10,257,127 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems including bus, transit, and commuter trains


$206 million 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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