Infrastructure in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Infrastructure Overview

While the nation’s infrastructure earned a “D+” in the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, Wisconsin faces infrastructure challenges of its own. For example, driving on roads in need of repair in Wisconsin costs each driver $737 per year, and 8.7% of bridges are rated structurally deficient. Drinking water needs in Wisconsin are an estimated $8.57 billion, and wastewater needs total $6.33 billion. 198 dams are considered to be high-hazard potential. The state’s schools have an estimated capital expenditure gap of $836 million. This deteriorating infrastructure impedes Wisconsin’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, Wisconsin, and families can no longer afford.

Key Facts about Wisconsin's Infrastructure


87 public-use airports


1,245 (8.73%) of the 14,253 bridges are structurally deficient


198 high hazard dams

Dams with EAPS

92% of the state regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan

Drinking Water

$8.57 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years

Hazardous Waste

36 sites on the National Priorities List

Inland Waterways

230 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 29th


50 miles of levees


33.9 million short tons of cargo in 2012, ranking it 24th nationally

Public Parks

$15 million of unmet needs for its parks system


3,253 miles of freight railroads across the state, ranking 16th nationally

Road Costs

$736 per motorist per year in costs from driving on roads in need of repair


115,547 miles of Public Roads, with 28% in poor condition


$836 million gap in estimated school capital expenditures


62,596,518 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems including bus, transit, and commuter trains


$6.33 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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