Infrastructure in Mississippi

Mississippi Infrastructure Overview

While the nation’s infrastructure earned a “D+” in the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, Mississippi faces infrastructure challenges of its own. For example, driving on roads in need of repair in Mississippi costs each driver $705 per year, and 12.3% of bridges are rated structurally deficient. Drinking water needs in Mississippi are an estimated $8.5 billion, and wastewater needs total $2.035 billion. 305 dams are considered to be high-hazard potential. The state’s schools have an estimated capital expenditure gap of $289 million. This deteriorating infrastructure impedes Mississippi’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, Mississippi, and families can no longer afford.

Key Facts about Mississippi's Infrastructure


73 public-use airports


2,098 (12.30%) of the 17,068 bridges are structurally deficient

Bridge Funding

$86,150,790 spent on state bridge capital projects in 2013

Dams with EAPS

83% of the state regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan


305 high hazard dams

Drinking Water

$8.5 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years


58.6 Trillion BTU of renewable energy every year, ranking it 38th

Hazardous Waste

8 sites on the National Priorities List

Inland Waterways

870 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 12nd


795 miles of levees


45.5 million short tons of cargo in 2012, ranking it 16th nationally

Public Parks

$90 million of unmet needs for its parks system


2,452 miles of freight railroads across the state, ranking 29th nationally


76,777 miles of Public Roads, with 28% in poor condition

Road Costs

$705 per motorist per year in costs from driving on roads in need of repair


$289 million gap in estimated school capital expenditures


4,608,961 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems including bus, transit, and commuter trains


$2.035 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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