While the nation’s infrastructure earned a “D+” in the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, Indiana faces infrastructure challenges of its own. For example, driving on roads in need of repair in Indiana costs each driver $480 per year, and 7.4% of bridges are rated structurally deficient. Drinking water needs in Indiana are an estimated $7.52 billion, and wastewater needs total $7.16 billion. 266 dams are considered to be high-hazard potential. The state’s schools have an estimated capital expenditure gap of $518 million. This deteriorating infrastructure impedes Indiana’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, Indiana, and families can no longer afford.
Key Facts about Indiana's Infrastructure
65 public-use airports
1,435 (7.43%) of the 19,291 bridges are structurally deficient
266 high hazard dams
Dams with EAPS
50% of the state regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan
$7.52 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years
40 sites on the National Priorities List
350 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 24th
395 miles of levees
73.2 million short tons of cargo in 2012, ranking it 12nd nationally
$510 million of unmet needs for its parks system
3,786 miles of freight railroads across the state, ranking 11th nationally
$480 per motorist per year in costs from driving on roads in need of repair
96,790 miles of Public Roads, with 12% in poor condition
$518 million gap in estimated school capital expenditures
32,502,359 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems including bus, transit, and commuter trains
7.16 billion 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.