Infrastructure in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Infrastructure Overview

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.

Key Facts about Massachusetts's Infrastructure

aviation infrastructure


$22.7 million in 2022 airport improvement grants across 9 major airports

water infrastructure

Drinking Water

$15.2 billion total drinking water need

transportation infrastructure


139 million passenger trips across 26 systems in 2021

bridge infrastructure


5,245 bridges, 8.7% of which were structurally deficient in 2021

hazardous waste infrastructure

Hazardous Waste

41 Superfund sites

wastewater infrastructure


$8.4 billion total wastewater need

dam infrastructure


328 high hazard dams



48 miles of levees protect $4.9 billion of property.

road infrastructure


57% of roads are in poor or fair condition

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Grants

$62M for Logan International Airport
$5.2M for Cape Cod Canal in Barnstable County
$1.6M for High Street Dam Removal in the Taunton River Watershed
$500K for brownfield remediation in Framingham

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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