Massachusetts gets a C-minus from the White House for the condition of its infrastructure.
The state, consequently, can get a good amount of federal dollars as part of President Joe Biden’s $2.3 trillion plan to rebuild the country’s infrastructure and economy.
For decades, infrastructure in Massachusetts has suffered from a systemic lack of investment, the White House said as part of a state-by-state report card issued Monday.
According to the report:
- There are 472 bridges and over 1,194 miles of highway in poor condition Massachusetts. On average, each driver pays $620 per year in costs due to driving on roads in need of repair.
- Bay Staters who take public transportation spend an extra 52.9% of their time commuting and and 23% of trains and other transit vehicles are past useful life.
- From 2010 to 2020, there were 14 extreme weather events, costing up to $5 billion in damages.
- Over the next 20 years, drinking water infrastructure will require $12.2 billion in additional funding.
- In part due to a lack of available and affordable housing, 478,000 renters are “burdened,” meaning they spend more than 30% of their income on rent.
- Also, 2.5% of Bay Staters live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides minimally acceptable speeds. And 45.6% live in areas where there is only one such internet provider, and 11.1% of households don’t have an internet subscription.
- There is an estimated $1.39 billion gap in what schools need to do for maintenance and make improvements, and 53% of residents live in a childcare desert.
- Manufacturers account for more than 9.4% of total output, employing 243,000 workers, or 6.6% of the workforce.
- An average low-income family spends 6-8 % of their income on home energy.
- As of 2019, there were 122,477 Bay Staters working in clean energy.
- Massachusetts is home to over 323,200 veterans, 6.9% of whom are women and 57.4% of whom are over the age of 65.