Infrastructure in West Virginia

West Virginia Infrastructure Overview

While the nation’s infrastructure earned a “D+” in the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, West Virginia faces infrastructure challenges of its own. For example, driving on roads in need of repair in West Virginia costs each driver $723 per year, and 19% of bridges are rated structurally deficient. Drinking water needs in West Virginia are an estimated $1.39 billion, and wastewater needs total $3.26 billion. 432 dams are considered to be high-hazard potential. The state’s schools have an estimated capital expenditure gap of $265 million. This deteriorating infrastructure impedes West Virginia’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, West Virginia, and families can no longer afford.

Key Facts about West Virginia's Infrastructure

aviation infrastructure


7 major airports

bridge infrastructure


7,291 bridges, 21% of which were structurally deficient in 2019

dam infrastructure


432 high hazard dams

water infrastructure

Drinking Water

$1.4 billion total drinking water need over 20 years

energy infrastructure


$1.4 billion total drinking water need over 20 years

hazardous waste infrastructure

Hazardous Waste

13 Superfund sites

inland waterways

Inland Waterways

680 miles of inland waterways



37 miles of levees protect 41,511 residents.

public parks

Public Parks

$61,848,204 in deferred park maintenance

port infrastructure


1 major water port

rail infrastructure


2,214 miles of rail across the state

road infrastructure


31% of roads are in poor condition. Each motorist pays $726 per year in costs due to driving on roads in need of repair

school infrastructure


$265 million gap in estimated school capital expenditures.

solid waste infrastructure

Solid Waste

2,095,290 tons of municipal solid waste

stormwater infrastructure


$5.14 average monthly fee

transportation infrastructure


7.8 million passenger trips in 2018

wastewater infrastructure


$3.3 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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