While the nation’s infrastructure earned a “D+” in the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, South Dakota faces infrastructure challenges of its own. For example, driving on roads in need of repair in South Dakota costs each driver $564 per year, and 18.6% of bridges are rated structurally deficient. Drinking water needs in South Dakota are an estimated $6.12 billion, and wastewater needs total $166 million. 90 dams are considered to be high-hazard potential. The state’s schools have an estimated capital expenditure gap of $125 million. This deteriorating infrastructure impedes South 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, South Dakota, and families can no longer afford.
Key Facts about South Dakota's Infrastructure
58 public-use airports
1,081 (18.58%) of the 5,818 bridges are structurally deficient
90 high hazard dams
Dams with EAPS
95% of the state regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan
$6.12 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years
2 sites on the National Priorities List
80 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 36th
181 miles of levees
$26.25 million of unmet needs for its parks system
2,029 miles of freight railroads across the state, ranking 33rd nationally
$563 per motorist per year in costs from driving on roads in need of repair
82,584 miles of Public Roads, with 13% in poor condition
$125 million gap in estimated school capital expenditures
2,921,938 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems including bus, transit, and commuter trains
$166 million 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.
State and local governments continue to lose revenue as the pandemic impacts user-fee participation. Urge Congress to use the lame-duck session to provide necessary relief to ensure all sectors of our infrastructure remain safe and reliable.