Infrastructure in Oregon

Oregon Infrastructure Overview

While the nation’s infrastructure earned a “D+” in the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, Oregon faces infrastructure challenges of its own. For example, driving on roads in need of repair in Oregon costs each driver $285 per year, and 5.3% of bridges are rated structurally deficient. Drinking water needs in Oregon are an estimated $5.6 billion, and wastewater needs total $3.89 billion. 77 dams are considered to be high-hazard potential. The state’s schools have an estimated capital expenditure gap of $457 million. This deteriorating infrastructure impedes Oregon’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, Oregon, and families can no longer afford.

Key Facts about Oregon's Infrastructure


57 public-use airports


444 (5.44%) of the 8,147 bridges are structurally deficient


158 high hazard dams

Dams with EAPS

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

Drinking Water

$6.25 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years

Hazardous Waste

13 sites on the National Priorities List

Inland Waterways

680 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 15th


362 miles of levees


32.1 million short tons of cargo in 2012, ranking it 25th nationally

Public Parks

$5.31 million of unmet needs for its parks system


2,382 miles of freight railroads across the state, ranking 30th nationally

Road Costs

$268 per motorist per year in costs from driving on roads in need of repair


79,275 miles of Public Roads, with 8% in poor condition


$457 million gap in estimated school capital expenditures


126,868,084 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems including bus, transit, and commuter trains


$3.89 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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