PA gets poor grades for its infrastructure

May 25, 2010

The American Society of Civil Engineers today released its annual report card and the marks are not good for Pennsylvania’s infrastructure.  The 2010 report card gave the Commonwealth’s bridges a “C” rating and a “D-” for its bridges.  The report card is entitled, “Keystone in Crisis” and comes at a time when the General Assembly has been called into special session by Governor Rendell.   

The report comes on the heals of a state Transportation Advisory Committee rerport stating that Pennsylvania is in need of $3.5 billion annually in order to maintain and address pressing capacity needs.  Pennsylvania leads the nation in the number of structurally deficient bridges, with 5,646, and has more than 7,000 miles of pavement in poor condition.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Allen Beihler said, “These findings by the civil engineering professionals confirm what the Governor has been saying.  Despite the significant progress we’ve made attacking the backlog of bridge and pavement maintenance, our system is so large and so old that more work urgently needs to be done.”

According to PennDOT, additional funding was provided in the 1980s and 1990s, but steep inflation of construction costs — more than 80 percent over the past five years — and falling gas tax revenues have cut deeply into the state’s buying power.  Without additional resources, PennDOT will lose ground on the number of structurally deficient bridges, see pavement conditions deteriorate and have no means to tackle much sought-after capacity projects that would ease congestion and improve mobility for many regions of Pennsylvania.

Click here to view the PA Report Card.

Source:  PennDOT news release and the American Society of Civil Engineers

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