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Civil Engineers Group: Roads in Disrepair Cost CT Drivers $864 Each Per Year

March 9, 2017 By Staff
Civil Engineers Group: Roads in Disrepair Cost CT Drivers $864 Each Per Year

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) had some scathing reviews for infrastructure in Connecticut, and across the nation.

On Thursday, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released its 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, giving America a D+ grade. ASCE also criticized several glaring gaps in Connecticut’s infrastructure.

ASCE said, for example, that roads in disrepair cost each Connecticut driver $864 every single year:

While the nation’s infrastructure earned a “D+” in the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, Connecticut faces infrastructure challenges of its own. For example, driving on roads in need of repair in Connecticut costs each driver $864 per year, and 8.0% of bridges are rated structurally deficient.

ASCE determined that 57 percent of Connecticut’s roads are “in poor condition.”

Other highlights (or, rather, lowlights):

  • 338 bridges (8.0%) are structurally deficient and Connecticut spent $280,165,324 on bridge capital projects in 2013
  • $4.6 Billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over 20 years
  • $3.6 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over 20 years
  • $87 million of unmet needs for its parks system

Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) spoke at ASCE’s rollout of the grades in Washington, D.C. on Thursday. Malloy has a 30-year, $100 billion transportation plan for the state, but has run in to budget problems with his plan.