Infrastructure in West Virginia

West Virginia Infrastructure Overview

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 $515 per year, and 17.3% of bridges are rated structurally deficient. Drinking water needs in West Virginia are an estimated $1.16 billion, and wastewater needs total $3.26 billion. 285 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


1,247 (17.30%) of the 7,217 bridges are structurally deficient

Bridge Funding

$154,877,362 spent on state bridge capital projects in 2013

Dams with EAPS

94% of the state regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan


285 high hazard dams

Drinking Water

$1.16 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years


49.5 Trillion BTU of renewable energy every year, ranking it 42nd

Hazardous Waste

10 sites on the National Priorities List

Inland Waterways

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

Public Parks

$44.2 million of unmet needs for its parks system


2,226 miles of freight railroads across the state, ranking 32nd nationally


38,770 miles of Public Roads, with 19% in poor condition

Road Costs

$515 per motorist per year in costs from driving on roads in need of repair


$265 million gap in estimated school capital expenditures


9,459,928 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

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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