Thursday, November 08, 2012
Fort Worth, Texas— In a new report, Texas’s civil engineers awarded the state’s infrastructure system a “C” grade due to a significant lack of both long-term maintenance planning and sustainable funding. Released by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Texas Section on November 8th in Fort Worth, the 2012 Report Card for Texas’s Infrastructure (Report Card) evaluates the state’s infrastructure systems by categories, assigning individual sectors letter grades and offering solutions for continued improvement.
“As a state, we do a poor job of thinking of our infrastructure as a long-term investment. We can either invest in our future now, or, pay even more later on if we fail to meet these obvious needs,” said Crespin Guzman, Executive Director of the ASCE Texas Section. “We cannot continue to build things and not fund or maintain them. The longer we ignore this fact, the longer we jeopardize everyone’s quality of life.”
Texas has many areas of concern. The report states that too often systems are sustained through short-term fixes. This lack of strategic thinking causes infrastructure to deteriorate, with all Texans left to deal with the consequences. The infrastructure categories with the lowest grades were Dams, Schools, and Drinking Water. All three were awarded a “D-“due to capacity and funding issues representing a significant concern that attention to current and future issues are not being addressed. Other category grades include: Aviation (C+), Bridges (B-), Dams (D-), Drinking Water (D-), Energy (B+), Flood Control (D), Inland Waterways (C), Roads (D), Schools (D-), Solid Waste (B+), Transit (C+), and Wastewater (C-).
“Texas is asking itself how it can grow and thrive, and the good thing is we already know the answer,” said Randall Over, President-Elect of ASCE. “The Report Card lays out the state’s needs for all to see, and it is clear that investing in infrastructure is an investment in our economic future.”
Part of ASCE’s mission is to benefit the public good. The goal of the Texas Report Card is to educate Texan families and politicians on specific infrastructure needs. By using the easily understood format of a grade school report card, civil engineers summarized complex research into an easy to understand format so that every citizen can be informed and help fix their community’s infrastructure needs.
The last Report Card for Texas’s Infrastructure was released in 2008 and also found the state’s infrastructure in poor condition, with the state’s infrastructure only showing marginal improvement over the past four years. To read the new 2012 Report Card for Texas’s Infrastructure or to read past versions, please visit www.texasce.org.
The Texas 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.
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, visitwww.asce.org