Infrastructure in North Dakota

North Dakota Infrastructure Overview

While the nation’s infrastructure earned a “D+” in the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, North Dakota faces infrastructure challenges of its own. For example, driving on roads in need of repair in North Dakota costs each driver $400 per year. Drinking water needs in North Dakota are an estimated $449.7 million, and wastewater needs total $219 million. 48 dams are considered to be high-hazard potential. The state’s schools have an estimated capital expenditure gap of $162 million. This deteriorating infrastructure impedes North Dakota’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, North Dakota, and families can no longer afford.

Key Facts about North Dakota's Infrastructure


54 public-use airports


661 (15.00%) of the 4,400 bridges are structurally deficient

Bridge Funding

$15,307,208 spent on state bridge capital projects in 2013

Dams with EAPS

85% of the state regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan


48 high hazard dams

Drinking Water

$449.7 million in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years


138.3 Trillion BTU of renewable energy every year, ranking it 26th


163 miles of levees

Public Parks

$100 million of unmet needs for its parks system


3,330 miles of freight railroads across the state, ranking 16th nationally


87,128 miles of Public Roads, with 9% in poor condition

Road Costs

$400 per motorist per year in costs from driving on roads in need of repair


$162 million gap in estimated school capital expenditures


3,048,454 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems including bus, transit, and commuter trains


$219 million 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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