Pennsylvania's Infrastructure Report Card - Not Good

Pennsylvania's roads, bridges, transit, and water infrastructure received near-failing grades according to a American Society of Civil Engineers' "2010 Report Card for Pennsylvania's Infrastructure" and the DOT rebuffed the state's tolling solution.

The ASCE report card that gave "roads a D, bridges a C and transit a D-plus" was released May 24. It's the second they released - the first was done four years ago. Grades have only gotten worse.

"Pennsylvania has the nation's largest inventory of structurally deficient bridges -- 6,060 as of December, according to the Federal Highway Administration.

The report card comes at a time of looming drastic cuts in state spending on roads, bridges and transit, unless the Legislature comes up with an alternative to the $472 million for the coming fiscal year that was to be financed with Interstate 80 tolls."

However, the Federal Highway Administration in April rejected the state's tolling request".

"The ASCE, representing 139,000 civil engineers worldwide, issued grades to Pennsylvania in 12 categories in its "2010 Report Card for Pennsylvania's Infrastructure"... Water infrastructure is the second most pressing problem after transportation."

Thanks to Paolo (Paul) Pezzotta, AICP

Full Story: Pennsylvania's roads barely passing Report gives transit, roads a D-minus, bridges a C


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