Infrastructure in Arkansas

Arkansas Infrastructure Overview

While the nation’s infrastructure earned a C- in the 2021 Infrastructure Report Card, Arkansas faces infrastructure challenges of its own. For example, driving on roads in need of repair in Arkansas costs each driver $671 per year, and 4.9% of bridges are rated structurally deficient. Drinking water needs in Arkansas are an estimated $7.4 billion. 193 dams are considered to be high-hazard potential. The state’s schools have an estimated capital expenditure gap of $350 million. This deteriorating infrastructure impedes Arkansas’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, Arkansas, and families can no longer afford.

Key Facts about Arkansas's Infrastructure

aviation infrastructure


6 major airports

bridge infrastructure


12,902 bridges, 4.9% of which were structurally deficient in 2019

dam infrastructure


193 high hazard dams

water infrastructure

Drinking Water

$7.4 billion total drinking water need over 20 years

energy infrastructure


296 outages between 2008 and 2017

hazardous waste infrastructure

Hazardous Waste

17 Superfund sites

inland waterways

Inland Waterways

1,860 miles of inland waterways



1,593 miles of levees protect $53.1 billion of property.

public parks

Public Parks

$42,599,845 in deferred park maintenance

port infrastructure


3 major water ports

rail infrastructure


2,505 miles of rail across the state

road infrastructure


31% of roads are in poor condition. Each motorist pays $671 per year in costs due to driving on roads in need of repair

school infrastructure


$350 million gap in estimated school capital expenditures.

solid waste infrastructure

Solid Waste

3,250,562 tons of municipal solid waste

stormwater infrastructure


$4.63 average monthly fee

transportation infrastructure


5.9 million passenger trips in 2018

wastewater infrastructure


$715 million in wastewater needs

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.
Leadership & Action

Smart investment will only be possible with strong leadership, decisive action, and a clear vision for our nation’s infrastructure.


If the United States is serious about achieving an infrastructure system fit for the future some specific steps must be taken, beginning with increased, long-term, consistent investment.


We must utilize new approaches, materials, and technologies to ensure our infrastructure can withstand or quickly recover from natural or man-made hazards.

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