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


$17.6 million in 2022 airport improvement grants across 6 major airports

water infrastructure

Drinking Water

$7.4 billion total drinking water need

transportation infrastructure


3.1 million passenger trips across 36 systems in 2021

bridge infrastructure


12,941 bridges, 5.2% of which were structurally deficient in 2021

hazardous waste infrastructure

Hazardous Waste

17 Superfund sites

wastewater infrastructure


$715 million total wastewater need

dam infrastructure


192 high hazard dams



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

road infrastructure


58% of roads are in poor or fair condition.

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Grants

$109M for improvements to McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System
$24.6M for Connect Conway greenway + environmental upgrades
$2.2M for Narrows Dam at Lake Greeson in Murfreesboro
$295K for North Little Rock Municipal Airport

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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