Infrastructure in Indiana

Indiana Infrastructure Overview

While the nation’s infrastructure earned a “D+” in the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, Indiana faces infrastructure challenges of its own. For example, driving on roads in need of repair in Indiana costs each driver $480 per year, and 7.4% of bridges are rated structurally deficient. Drinking water needs in Indiana are an estimated $7.52 billion, and wastewater needs total $7.16 billion. 266 dams are considered to be high-hazard potential. The state’s schools have an estimated capital expenditure gap of $518 million. This deteriorating infrastructure impedes Indiana’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, Indiana, and families can no longer afford.

Key Facts about Indiana's Infrastructure


65 public-use airports


1,435 (7.43%) of the 19,291 bridges are structurally deficient


266 high hazard dams

Dams with EAPS

50% of the state regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan

Drinking Water

$7.52 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years

Hazardous Waste

40 sites on the National Priorities List

Inland Waterways

350 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 24th


395 miles of levees


73.2 million short tons of cargo in 2012, ranking it 12nd nationally

Public Parks

$510 million of unmet needs for its parks system


3,786 miles of freight railroads across the state, ranking 11th nationally

Road Costs

$480 per motorist per year in costs from driving on roads in need of repair


96,790 miles of Public Roads, with 12% in poor condition


$518 million gap in estimated school capital expenditures


32,502,359 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems including bus, transit, and commuter trains


7.16 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years

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.

We can no longer afford to defer investment in our nation’s critical infrastructure systems.

Leadership & Planning

Smart investment will only be possible with leadership, planning, and a clear vision for our nation’s infrastructure.

Preparing for the Future

We have to utilize new approaches, materials, and technologies to ensure our infrastructure is more resilient.

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