Massport Prioritizes Sustainability
While the nation’s infrastructure earned a “D+” in the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, Massachusetts faces infrastructure challenges of its own. For example, driving on roads in need of repair in Massachusetts costs each driver $539 per year, and 9.3% of bridges are rated structurally deficient. Drinking water needs in Massachusetts are an estimated $1.2 billion, and wastewater needs total $8.35 billion. 292 dams are considered to be high-hazard potential. The state’s schools have an estimated capital expenditure gap of $1.4 billion. This deteriorating infrastructure impedes Massachusetts’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, Massachusetts, and families can no longer afford.
28 public-use airports
482 (9.28%) of the 5,192 bridges are structurally deficient
328 high hazard dams
Dams with EAPS
100% of the state regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan
$12.24 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years
31 sites on the National Priorities List
90 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 35th
52 miles of levees
18.7 million short tons of cargo in 2012, ranking it 29th nationally
$17.23 million of unmet needs for its parks system
1,057 miles of freight railroads across the state, ranking 41st nationally
$627 per motorist per year in costs from driving on roads in need of repair
36,723 miles of Public Roads, with 30% in poor condition
$1.4 billion gap in estimated school capital expenditures
418,503,137 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems including bus, transit, and commuter trains
$8.35 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years
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