While the nation’s infrastructure earned a “D+” in the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, West Virginia faces infrastructure challenges of its own. For example, driving on roads in need of repair in West Virginia costs each driver $723 per year, and 19% of bridges are rated structurally deficient. Drinking water needs in West Virginia are an estimated $1.39 billion, and wastewater needs total $3.26 billion. 432 dams are considered to be high-hazard potential. The state’s schools have an estimated capital expenditure gap of $265 million. This deteriorating infrastructure impedes West Virginia’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, West Virginia, and families can no longer afford.
Key Facts about West Virginia's Infrastructure
23 public-use airports
1,372 (18.98%) of the 7,228 bridges are structurally deficient
432 high hazard dams
Dams with EAPS
75% of the state regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan
$1.39 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years
9 sites on the National Priorities List
680 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 16th
37 miles of levees
63.9 million short tons of cargo in 2012, ranking it 14th nationally
$44.2 million of unmet needs for its parks system
2,214 miles of freight railroads across the state, ranking 32nd nationally
$723 per motorist per year in costs from driving on roads in need of repair
38,854 miles of Public Roads, with 31% in poor condition
$265 million gap in estimated school capital expenditures
7,944,282 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems including bus, transit, and commuter trains
$3.26 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.