Infrastructure in New York

New York Infrastructure Overview

While the nation’s infrastructure earned a C- in the 2021 Infrastructure Report Card, New York faces infrastructure challenges of its own. For example, driving on roads in need of repair in New York costs each driver $625 per year, and 9.9% of bridges are rated structurally deficient. Drinking water needs in New York are an estimated $22.8 billion. 424 dams are considered to be high-hazard potential. The state’s schools have an estimated capital expenditure gap of $2.91 billion. This deteriorating infrastructure impedes New York’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, New York, and families can no longer afford.

Key Facts about New York's Infrastructure

aviation infrastructure


24 major airports

bridge infrastructure


17,540 bridges, 9.9% of which were structurally deficient in 2019

dam infrastructure


424 high hazard dams

water infrastructure

Drinking Water

$22.8 billion total drinking water need over 20 years

energy infrastructure


1,528 outages between 2008 and 2017

hazardous waste infrastructure

Hazardous Waste

121 Superfund sites

inland waterways

Inland Waterways

390 miles of inland waterways



122 miles of levees protect $6.1 billion of property.

public parks

Public Parks

$871,329,575 in deferred park maintenance

port infrastructure


4 major water ports

rail infrastructure


3,279 miles of rail across the state

road infrastructure


27% of roads are in poor condition. Each motorist pays $625 per year in costs due to driving on roads in need of repair

school infrastructure


$2.91 billion gap in estimated school capital expenditures.

solid waste infrastructure

Solid Waste

12,996,962 tons of municipal solid waste

stormwater infrastructure


$4.75 average monthly fee

transportation infrastructure


3.9 billion passenger trips in 2018

wastewater infrastructure


$31.4 billion 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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