REPORT: Pa.’s Infrastructure gets a C- | The Numbers Racket

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Pennsylvania’s infrastructure can stand to see some improvements, according to a 2018 report from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). 

The report, done every four years by ASCE, gave the Keystone State an overall grade of C- for reasons that include aging drinking water mainlines, bridges and roadways in poor condition and sewer and wastewater ways in desperate need of repair. 

All of these factors led to the commonwealth receiving the same letter grade it did four years ago in 2014, despite some progress. 

“… Despite three categories’ letter grades improving since the 2014 Report Card, 11 categories’ letter grades have remained unchanged and two grades have declined …,” the report noted. 

Pennsylvania’s Infrastructure Grades

The grading scale is: A: EXCEPTIONAL, B: GOOD, C: MEDIOCRE, D: POOR, F: FAILING

Pennsylvania earned: 

0: A’s

3: B’s

8: C’s

7: D’s

0: F’s

Aviation: C+

Bridges: D+

Dams: C

Drinking Water: D

Energy: C

Freight Rail: B

Hazardous Waste: B-

Inland Waterways: D

Levees: C

Parks and Recreation: B-

Passenger Rail: C-

Ports: C+

Roads: D+

Schools: C-

Solid Waste: C+

Stormwater: D

Transit: D

Wastewater: D

You can read more about why Pennsylvania earned each grade in the report summary found here. 

Cassie Miller
A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry. Miller has an extensive background in magazine writing, editing and design. She is a graduate of Penn State University where she served as the campus newspaper’s photo editor. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in professional journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to her role at the Capital-Star, Miller enjoys working on her independent zines, Dead Air and Infrared.