While the nation’s infrastructure earned a “D+” in the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, Wyoming faces infrastructure challenges of its own. For example, driving on roads in need of repair in Wyoming costs each driver $356 per year, and 9.9% of bridges are rated structurally deficient. Drinking water needs in Wyoming are an estimated $458 million, and wastewater needs total $91 million. 99 dams are considered to be high-hazard potential. The state’s schools have an estimated capital expenditure gap of $149 million. This deteriorating infrastructure impedes Wyoming’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, Wyoming, and families can no longer afford.
Key Facts about Wyoming's Infrastructure
33 public-use airports
310 (9.91%) of the 3,127 bridges are structurally deficient
99 high hazard dams
Dams with EAPS
93% of the state regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan
$458 million in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years
2 sites on the National Priorities List
50 miles of levees
$0.5 million of unmet needs for its parks system
1,890 miles of freight railroads across the state, ranking 34th nationally
$356 per motorist per year in costs from driving on roads in need of repair
30,430 miles of Public Roads, with 8% in poor condition
$149 million gap in estimated school capital expenditures
2,476,856 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems including bus, transit, and commuter trains
$91 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.