North Carolina's ASCE Infrastructure Grade
By Timothy Wilson
A recent post from AFP talks about how America’s overall infrastructure grade is a D+ based on an annual report from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The report also estimates that a $3.6 trillion investment in America’s infrastructure is needed to keep it functional by 2020.
The AFP post describes how using the resources and expertise of the private sector through public-private partnerships (PPP’s), a “contractual agreement between a government agency and a private company,”a is a successful, cost efficient method of achieving this investment and improving America’s infrastructure conditions over the long term.
As with most states, North Carolina’s ASCE grade was not much better compared to the national D+ GPA. The state receives a C overall with low marks in specific areas like aviation, dams, bridges, and roads. Below are some highlights from the ASCE report card on NC’s environment and transportation infrastructure:
- NC has 4,478 state regulated dams across the state yet with only 18 full-time NC dam safety program employees overseeing them (average of 248.8 dams per employee).
- The ASCE estimates that 1,255 dams are high hazard and found that only 31% of state regulated dams in NC have an Emergency Action Plan.
- NC has 18,165 bridges with 2,192 (12.1%) deemed structurally deficient and 3,296 (18.1%) functionally obsolete by the ASCE.
- ASCE estimates that driving on roads in need of repair costs NC motorists $1.555 billion per year ($241 per motorist) in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs.