Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Los Angeles, CA— Most of Los Angeles’s infrastructure is not being adequately maintained, does not provide reliable service to the public, or keeps citizens mobile and economically competitive. According to a new comprehensive report by the Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Los Angeles’s infrastructure simply does not make the grade.
The report, entitled the 2012 Los Angeles County Infrastructure Report Card, was released on the steps of City Hall on October 24th and awarded Los Angeles County an overall “C” grade. Local civil engineers were joined by Councilman Joe Buscaino to announce the grades, highlighting the area’s vast needs. The category grades included Bridges (C), Dams (B-), Drinking Water (C), Flood Control (B+), Ports (B), Solid Waste (B+), Streets & Highways (C-), Transit (C), Urban Runoff (D), and Wastewater (B+).
“Los Angeles should serve as an example to the rest of the nation when it comes to having reliable and sustainable infrastructure, but regrettably, the foundation of our community is falling behind,” said Andy Duong, Los Angeles County Infrastructure Report Card Chair. “We need to modernize our existing infrastructure and ensure the systems we rely on are keeping pace with our community’s growth.”
Seven years ago, local civil engineers released the 2005 Los Angeles County Infrastructure Report Card, and since then several category grades have fallen. The grades for Drinking Water, Roads, and Transit were all downgraded since the last report due to lack of maintenance funding and future investment concerns. All other grades remained the same, with the exception of Wastewater and Flood Control, which both moved from a B to a B+.
“Los Angeles County has not done enough to create a sustainable, long-term infrastructure system,” said Jay Higgins, ASCE Region 9 Governor. “If LA wants to be a globally competitive community, then it must not only invest in infrastructure, but create robust funding mechanisms to provide for regular maintenance and innovation.”
The Los Angeles County Infrastructure Report Card was written over the course of the past year. The civil engineers who collaborated for the report volunteered their time, all in an effort to inform their neighbors and public officials of these critical needs and to ensure their communities are better off.
The Los Angeles County Report Card is based on the Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, which last gave the nation a D grade in 2009, and can be found at www.infrastructurereportcard.org.
Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 140,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America's oldest national engineering society. For more information, visit www.asce.org.