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Florida’s Infrastructure Fails to Make the Grade in New Report

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Clark Barrineau, 202-789-7853, cbarrineau@asceorg

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Miami, Fl - Florida’s infrastructure has not improved over the last four years according to a new report by Florida’s civil engineers. The report, the 2012 Report Card for Florida’s Infrastructure, was released by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Florida Section on October 24th in Miami. Local civil engineers volunteered a year of their time grading the state’s systems in areas of their expertise in an effort to raise awareness about the poor state of Florida’s infrastructure.

The last Report Card for Florida’s Infrastructure was released in 2008. Regrettably, most of the category grades have either stayed the same or gotten worse since that time. For example, Coastal Areas dropped from a C+ to a D- in the span of just four years. Coastal Areas (D-), Energy (D), Flood Control (D+), and School (D+) infrastructure received the worst grades. 

“Florida is a critical part of our national infrastructure system,” said Maria Fernandez-Porrata, Chair of the Florida Section Government Relations Committee. “If our state cannot improve its infrastructure, then not only Floridians, but families across the country are going to see prices rise, GDP shrink, and our economy remain stagnant.”

The report highlights work that needs to be done, but also shows some areas of improvement. The only category to raise its grade from 2008 was stormwater. The grade went up mostly due to more municipalities implementing stormwater utilities and assessing residents with stormwater rates. The category grades include: Aviation (B-), Bridges (B), Coastal Areas (D-), Energy (D), Flood Control (D+), Ports (C), Roads (C), Schools (D+), Stormwater (C+), and Transit (C).

“Florida ports, Florida roads, and Florida bridges are all responsible for bringing goods in and out of our country,” saying Eric Czerniejewski, Executive Director and Chair of the 2012 Report Card Committee. “As a state, we have fallen behind in building a modern infrastructure system that will be sustainable in a post-recession economy.”

The Florida Report Card was created as a public service to the citizens and politicians of the state to inform them on the infrastructure needs in their community. By using grade school report card letter grades, civil engineers have used their expertise to condense complicated data into easy to understand analysis. 

The 2012 Report Card for Florida’s Infrastructure can be viewed at www.fla-asce.org. The Florida Report Card is based on the Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, which last gave the nation a D grade in 2009, and will be updated in early 2013. The current version can be found at www.infrastructurereportcard.org.

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