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American Society of Civil Engineers grades Alaska Infrastructure a “C-”
JUNEAU – On Tuesday, Feb. 7 the Alaska Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released its inaugural 2017 Report Card for Alaska’s Infrastructure, grading nine categories of the state’s infrastructure, resulting in an overall grade point average of “C-.”
A team of professional engineers from across Alaska assessed the nine categories, including Aviation (C), Bridges (B-), Dams (C+), Energy (C-), Marine Highways (D), Ports & Harbors (D), Roads (C-), Solid Waste (C), and Water & Wastewater (D).
“Alaska’s infrastructure enables our way of life and our infrastructure needs are unique, since our way of life is different than the lower 48 states,” said Tor Anderzen, chair, the Report Card for Alaska’s Infrastructure. “Our ‘C-’ grade shows that the time is now for Alaska to make a plan for the future or our infrastructure, our state’s economic backbone.”
The Report Card for Alaska’s Infrastructure was created as a public service to citizens and policymakers of the state to inform them of the infrastructure needs in their community. By using school report card letter grades, civil engineers used their expertise to condense complicated data into an easy-to-understand analysis.
ASCE State and Regional Infrastructure Report Cards are modeled after the national Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, which gave America’s infrastructure a grade of D+ in 2013.
To view the full Alaska report, visit http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/alaska.