Massachusetts implements nation’s 1st clean peak standard
While the nation’s infrastructure earned a C- in the 2021 Infrastructure Report Card, Massachusetts faces infrastructure challenges of its own. For example, driving on roads in need of repair in Massachusetts costs each driver $620 per year, and 9% of bridges are rated structurally deficient. Drinking water needs in Massachusetts are an estimated $12.2 billion. 328 dams are considered to be high-hazard potential. The state’s schools have an estimated capital expenditure gap of $1.39 billion. This deteriorating infrastructure impedes Massachusetts’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, Massachusetts, and families can no longer afford.
9 major airports
5,233 bridges, 9% of which were structurally deficient in 2019
328 high hazard dams
$12.2 billion total drinking water need over 20 years
823 outages between 2008 and 2017
40 Superfund sites
90 miles of inland waterways
48 miles of levees protect $4.9 billion of property.
$244,457,125 in deferred park maintenance
1 major water port
1,057 miles of rail across the state
25% of roads are in poor condition. Each motorist pays $620 per year in costs due to driving on roads in need of repair
$1.39 billion gap in estimated school capital expenditures.
8,059,630 tons of municipal solid waste
$5.80 average monthly fee
407.1 million passenger trips in 2018
$8.4 billion in wastewater needs
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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