Infrastructure in Ohio

Ohio Infrastructure Overview

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 $475 per year, and 6.9% of bridges are rated structurally deficient. Drinking water needs in Ohio are an estimated $12.2 billion, and wastewater needs total $14.58 billion. 362 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


1,942 (6.90%) of the 28,284 bridges are structurally deficient

Bridge Funding

$388,533,469 spent on state bridge capital projects in 2013

Dams with EAPS

72% of the state regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan


362 high hazard dams

Drinking Water

$12.2 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years


155.8 Trillion BTU of renewable energy every year, ranking it 22nd

Hazardous Waste

38 sites on the National Priorities List

Inland Waterways

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

Public Parks

$23.71 million of unmet needs for its parks system


5,288 miles of freight railroads across the state, ranking 4th nationally


122,926 miles of Public Roads, with 17% in poor condition

Road Costs

$475 per motorist per year in costs from driving on roads in need of repair


$683 million gap in estimated school capital expenditures


113,696,073 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

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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