Infrastructure in Michigan

Michigan Infrastructure Overview

While the nation’s infrastructure earned a “D+” in the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, Michigan faces infrastructure challenges of its own. For example, driving on roads in need of repair in Michigan costs each driver $540 per year, and 11.1% of bridges are rated structurally deficient. Drinking water needs in Michigan are an estimated $13.8 billion, and wastewater needs total $2.07 billion. 88 dams are considered to be high-hazard potential. The state’s schools have an estimated capital expenditure gap of $1.3 billion. This deteriorating infrastructure impedes Michigan’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, Michigan, and families can no longer afford.

Key Facts about Michigan's Infrastructure


95 public-use airports


1,234 (11.10%) of the 11,156 bridges are structurally deficient

Bridge Funding

$261,565,021 spent on state bridge capital projects in 2013

Dams with EAPS

95% of the state regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan


88 high hazard dams

Drinking Water

$13.8 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years


193.4 Trillion BTU of renewable energy every year, ranking it 16th

Hazardous Waste

65 sites on the National Priorities List


114 miles of levees


60 million short tons of cargo in 2012, ranking it 15th nationally

Public Parks

$370 million of unmet needs for its parks system


3,542 miles of freight railroads across the state, ranking 12nd nationally


122,286 miles of Public Roads, with 21% in poor condition

Road Costs

$540 per motorist per year in costs from driving on roads in need of repair


$1.3 billion gap in in estimated school capital expenditures


96,126,807 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems including bus, transit, and commuter trains


$2.07 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.

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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