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 $487 per year, and 4.4% of bridges are rated structurally deficient. Drinking water needs in Delaware are an estimated $1.74 billion, and wastewater needs total $206 million. 63 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
39 (4.43%) of the 879 bridges are structurally deficient
63 high hazard dams
Dams with EAPS
65% of the state regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan
$1.74 bilion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years
15 sites on the National Priorities List
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
$12.25 million of unmet needs for its parks system
243 miles of freight railroads across the state, ranking 48th nationally
$486 per motorist per year in costs from driving on roads in need of repair
6,452 miles of Public Roads, with 18% in poor condition
$102 million gap in estimated school capital expenditures
8,465,452 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems including bus, transit, and commuter trains
$206 million in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years
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.
With State and local government losing revenues from transit ridership and motor fuel taxes, now is the time for Congress to provide immediate and necessary relief to ensure that all sectors of our infrastructure remain safe and reliable.