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Passing Grades But No Honor Roll for Colorado Springs Infrastructure

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Clark Barrineau 202-789-7853 cbarrineau@asceorg

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Six categories of Colorado Springs infrastructure receive passing grades but risk long-term failure without future funding, according to a new study by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

The Southern Colorado branch of ASCE released the 2012 Infrastructure Report Card for the Colorado Springs Area today, issuing grades ranging from a B for wastewater to a D- for the city’s crumbling stormwater system. The Report Card grades were announced at a news conference adjacent to the Mirage Channel, a recently failed stormwater structure near Rampart High School. 

“The Mirage Channel is a clear example of the city’s infrastructure needs,” said Stan Rader, past president of ASCE Southern Colorado Branch and chair of the Report Card Committee. “It is a failing structure that will continue to degrade without funds, threatening private property and ultimately, public safety.”

ASCE graded the city in six infrastructure categories: bridges (D+), drinking water (B-), roads (D), stormwater (D-), transit (C-), and wastewater (B). 

Each category of infrastructure was evaluated over 14 months by engineers with expertise in that specific discipline. Each engineer volunteered as part of ASCE’s mission to serve the public good. The Southern Colorado branch has more than 300 professional members with careers in the private sector and all levels of government, from municipal through federal. The report summarizes technical data and uses everyday language to break down the area’s infrastructure conditions and future needs.

ASCE develops local report cards to help citizens understand the complexity and magnitude of infrastructure systems and alert them to challenges that communities face in maintaining these systems. 

This is the first report card for the Colorado Springs area. The Colorado Section of ASCE issued statewide report cards in 2003 and 2008. Local and state report cards are modeled after the national 2009 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, which gave America’s infrastructure a grade of D. The next version of the Report Card for America’s Infrastructure will be released in early 2013 at www.infrastructurereportcard.org

The Colorado Springs Report Card can be viewed at www.asce-scbranch.org.

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About ASCE: 

Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) represents more than 140,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. The ASCE Southern Colorado Branch was founded in 1976 and has more than 300 professional members with careers in the private sector, municipal, county, state and federal government. The Southern Colorado Branch also supports ASCE student chapters at the United States Air Force Academy and Colorado State University-Pueblo.  For further information, please visit the branch website