The State of Our Roads and Bridges

Your state's roads and bridges — what's at risk

If Congress fails to reauthorize funding to repair our crumbling infrastructure by September 30, it will have very real consequences for all 50 states — jeopardizing hundreds of thousands of jobs, and slowing or stopping more than 100,000 active highway and transit projects.

“A modern, efficient highway system is essential to meet the needs of our growing population, our expanding economy, and our national security.”

President Eisenhower President Eisenhower
1955 State of the Union Address

While the most important economic impact of smart infrastructure investment comes from long - term competitiveness, productivity, innovation, lower prices, and higher incomes, infrastructure investment also creates many thousands of jobs in the near - term that are directly linked to the American economy and difficult to ship overseas. These jobs span across a wide variety of different industries. For example, road building not only requires construction workers, but also grading and paving equipment, gasoline or diesel to run the machines, smaller hand tools of all sorts, raw inputs of cement, gravel, and asphalt, surveyors to map the site, engineers and site managers, and even accountants to keep track of costs.


Estimated Jobs at Risk

At the high end, California can potentially lose an estimated 73,572 jobs. While New Hampshire can potentially lose 2,675.
Less than 6,000
6,000 - 10,000
10,000 - 14,000
More than 14,000


Active Highway Projects

Virginia has 6595 active highway projects. On the low end Nevada has 381.
Less than 1,000
1,000 - 2,000
2,000 - 3,000
More than 3,000

Today there are more than 4 million miles of road, 600,000 bridges, and 3,000 transit providers in the U.S. And yet, over the past 20 years, total federal, state, and local investment in transportation has fallen as a share of GDP – while population, congestion, and maintenance backlogs have increased.

65 percent of America’s major roads are rated in less than good condition, one in four bridges require significant repair or cannot handle today’s traffic, and forty five percent of Americans lack access to transit.


Roads in Poor Condition

Both Connecticut and Rhode Island have 41% of roads listed in poor condition. Missouri has only 1% in poor condition.
Less than 20%
20% - 25%
26% - 32%
More than 32%


Deficient or Obsolete Bridges

Rhode Island has 57% of bridges listed as deficient or obsolete. Both Minnesota and Arizona have 12%.
Less than 20%
20% - 25%
26% - 32%
More than 32%