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Friday, July 20, 2012

ASCE’s Mississippi Infrastructure Report Card Gives Below Average Grades 

Jackson, Miss.—Today, the Mississippi Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released its 2012 Mississippi Infrastructure Report Card which provides a detailed evaluation and letter grade for Mississippi’s roads, bridges, dams, drinking water, and wastewater. The 2012 Mississippi Report Card grades are: Dams, D; Drinking Water, C-; Roads and Bridges, C; and Wastewater, C. Although the grades for Mississippi are either equal to or slightly higher than the nation’s grades, current issues must be addressed.

“The current path regarding maintenance and funding for our transportation and water systems in Mississippi must be reversed, said Acey Roberts, P.E., M.ASCE, chair of the Mississippi Report Card. “We hope that this report will be the first step toward understanding the issues and finding real solutions to bridge the funding gap.

Industry experts from public agencies, private firms and non-profit groups led this Report Card effort. To arrive at grades for each area of infrastructure, civil engineering expert volunteers examined the physical condition, capacity and future need, and studied funding sources and trends that impact maintenance and upgrades. The first report of its kind in Mississippi, ASCE’s Mississippi Section released the Report Card at the Mississippi State Capitol Building.

The study is a state-focused report similar to ASCE’s Report Card on America’s Infrastructure, which reviewed the nation’s infrastructure and gave it an overall rating of D-. This report highlights the condition of Mississippi’s infrastructure to help the public and elected officials  facilitate dialogue and foster solutions for the citizens of Mississippi.

To view the 2012 Mississippi Infrastructure Report Card, visit the ASCE Mississippi Section website at http://msasce.org/reportcard. To view the 2009 Report Card on America’s Infrastructure, visit 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 The Mississippi Section of ASCE serves nearly 1,000 members from all disciplines and sectors of civil engineering The Section is divided into four Branches including the areas of Jackson, Vicksburg, North Mississippi and the Gulf Coast, and also includes three student chapters at Jackson State University, Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi. For more information about the Section, visit http://msasce.org.


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