Infrastructure in Rhode Island

Rhode Island Infrastructure Overview

While the nation’s infrastructure earned a “D+” in the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, Rhode Island faces infrastructure challenges of its own. For example, driving on roads in need of repair in Rhode Island costs each driver $810 per year, and 24.9% of bridges are rated structurally deficient. Drinking water needs in Rhode Island are an estimated $148.2 million, and wastewater needs total $1.92 billion. 96 dams are considered to be high-hazard potential. The state’s schools have an estimated capital expenditure gap of $241 million. This deteriorating infrastructure impedes Rhode Island’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, Rhode Island, and families can no longer afford.

Key Facts about Rhode Island's Infrastructure

Aviation

6 public-use airports

Bridges

181 (23.26%) of the 778 bridges are structurally deficient

Dams

96 high hazard dams

Dams with EAPS

26% of the state regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan

Drinking Water

$3.7 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years

Hazardous Waste

12 sites on the National Priorities List

Inland Waterways

40 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 39th

Levees

4 miles of levees

Ports

8.8 million short tons of cargo in 2012, ranking it 36th nationally

Public Parks

$4.72 million of unmet needs for its parks system

Rail

58 miles of freight railroads across the state, ranking 49th nationally

Road Costs

$823 per motorist per year in costs from driving on roads in need of repair

Roads

6,027 miles of Public Roads, with 52% in poor condition

Schools

$241 million gap in estimated school capital expenditures

Transit

16,645,751 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems including bus, transit, and commuter trains

Wastewater

$1.92 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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