While the nation’s infrastructure earned a “D+” in the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, Ohio faces infrastructure challenges of its own. For example, driving on roads in need of repair in Ohio costs each driver $545 per year, and 6% of bridges are rated structurally deficient. Drinking water needs in Ohio are an estimated $13.41 billion, and wastewater needs total $14.58 billion. 412 dams are considered to be high-hazard potential. The state’s schools have an estimated capital expenditure gap of $683 million. This deteriorating infrastructure impedes Ohio’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, Ohio, and families can no longer afford.
Key Facts about Ohio's Infrastructure
99 public-use airports
1,653 (6.04%) of the 27,345 bridges are structurally deficient
412 high hazard dams
Dams with EAPS
76% of the state regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan
$13.41 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years
38 sites on the National Priorities List
440 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 21st
344 miles of levees
97.4 million short tons of cargo in 2012, ranking it 9th nationally
$23.71 million of unmet needs for its parks system
5,132 miles of freight railroads across the state, ranking 3rd nationally
$544 per motorist per year in costs from driving on roads in need of repair
122,987 miles of Public Roads, with 17% in poor condition
$683 million gap in estimated school capital expenditures
101,988,196 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems including bus, transit, and commuter trains
$14.58 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years
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.
With State and local government losing revenues from transit ridership and motor fuel taxes, now is the time for Congress to provide immediate and necessary relief to ensure that all sectors of our infrastructure remain safe and reliable.