Think Your Potholes Are Bad? 3 States With High Infrastructure Costs
No, but seriously. If you think your state is pouring in the big bucks to maintain upkeep on its roads, water, and airports, it’s worth getting some perspective from Bloomberg’s latest ranking. Paired with the American Society of Civil Engineers’ infrastructure report cards, which examine the costs versus the ultimate safety functionality of various needs, the findings are rather discouraging. Not only are some states spending an awful lot on infrastructure, some are still showing major remaining issues. Let’s take a look at the top three and what policy looks like today for states looking for more funding.
The state proves to have the largest infrastructure costs, at $6,957 million in total annual need, according to Bloomberg – the greatest portion of that being $4,636 million worth of road repairs. In terms of the total annual infrastructure needs per person, West Virginia would take the cake. Looking at total annual need projected and averaged between 2013 and 2017, the cost per person living in the state comes out to an annual total of $1,035 each, a considerably greater cost per person due to a population of 1.85 million versus Texas’s population of 26.45 million.
There are a number of very good reasons that Texas has such high comparative infrastructure costs. As of 2013, it ranks 13th in the nation with 830 miles of inland waterways and took on 451.8 million short tons of cargo in 2009, making it first in the nation in that area. It has 47 freight railroads that span 10,384 miles across Texas, making it first in the country based on mileage, while its 28.967 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy per year makes it fifth in the nation, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers’ infrastructure report card.