Civil Engineers Give Minnesota 'C' for Infrastructure

Updated: October 09, 2018 07:57 PM

MINNEAPOLIS  - The American Society of Civil Engineers has given Minnesota a grade of 'C' for its infrastructure. The 2018 ASCE Minnesota Report Card was released Tuesday.  The organization analyzed the state's roads, public transit, airports, wastewater systems, and drinking water. 

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According to the report, the 'C' grade stands for Mediocre: Requires Attention. The grade says "the infrastructure in the system or network is in fair to good condition; It shows general signs of deterioration and requires attention. Some elements exhibit significant deficiencies in conditions and functionality, with increasing vulnerability to risk.

The group said the state's roadways are in poor condition, earning it a dismal 'D+' grade. The report says the average driver in the Twin Cities spends 41 peak hours in congestion every year, at an average cost of $1,442.

Aviation in Minnesota earned the highest grade. The Star Tribune says the group gave the state a 'B,' noting that the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and reliever airports have undergone $455 million in improvements over the last year.

The 2018 ASCE Minnesota Report Card is a tool used to help residents, businesses, and policymakers understand the state of Minnesota’s infrastructure. This information helps start the conversation about how to improve the future of our infrastructure.

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