Engineers grade Pennsylvania's infrastructure
Updated On: Jun 25 2014 04:43:00 PM CDT
A group of civil engineers has issued a report card that evaluates Pennsylvania's infrastructure, and the grades are not good.
Pennsylvania has the highest percentage of structurally deficient bridges in the country, among other problems, according to the report.
The statewide grades are part of a year-long infrastructure report by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Sixteen different areas were graded, including drinking water, schools, roads, bridges parks and recreation.
Pennsylvania was given seven D's, including one for roads and bridges, six C's and three B's.
"I think the we are a little better off in the Lehigh Valley," said Joe Gurinko, Lehigh Valley Planning Commission.
The report didn't grade the Lehigh Valley specifically, but Gurinko said work to the 15th and Eight street bridges, along with the soon-to-be-completed American Parkway bridge, shows progress is being made.
"I think the biggest difference with the report card is with the added investment of Act 89, we are able to see big improvements over the next five to 10 years," he added.
Act 89 will add billions of dollars to fix area infrastructure, including one of the region's most notorious routes.
"Some of the big projects we are able to deliver because of Act 89 is the widening of Route 22. It's the biggest and nearest and dearest to everyone's hearts," said Michael Rebert of PennDOT.
The billions coming from Act 89, however, are still not enough to solve the state's infrastructure issues, according to the report.
Locally, Act 89 will add 600 million more dollars to the Lehigh Valley to fix area infrastructure.
Copyright 2014 WFMZ. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Fire destroys well-known Poconos restaurant
Police: Wrong-way driver on Route 22 slammed into 4 cars, 5 people hurt
Wrong-way driver causes wrecks on Route 22, emergency dispatchers say
Former Lehigh University student accused of murdering his mother
Police: Oversized truck may have damaged covered bridge
Fire crews spend hours dousing hay truck inferno in Lehigh County
Man set off explosive next to Reading police car, court papers say
Medical helicopter called for burn victim in Berks County
Berks authorities ID victim of fatal window fall
Catasauqua house fire displaces eight people