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

Aviation

73 public-use airports

Bridges

2,008 (11.76%) of the 17,072 bridges are structurally deficient

Dams

381 high hazard dams

Dams with EAPS

71% of the state regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan

Drinking Water

$4.82 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years

Hazardous Waste

9 sites on the National Priorities List

Inland Waterways

870 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 12nd

Levees

795 miles of levees

Ports

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

Public Parks

$90 million of unmet needs for its parks system

Rail

2,455 miles of freight railroads across the state, ranking 27th nationally

Road Costs

$820 per motorist per year in costs from driving on roads in need of repair

Roads

77,445 miles of Public Roads, with 29% in poor condition

Schools

$289 million gap in estimated school capital expenditures

Transit

4,496,378 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems including bus, transit, and commuter trains

Wastewater

$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.
Investment

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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