HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Wolf relaunches his RESTORE PA proposal, to tax natural gas in the state to care for aging infrastructure (Cassie Miller photo).
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
Drinking Water: D
Freight Rail: B
Hazardous Waste: B-
Inland Waterways: D
Parks and Recreation: B-
Passenger Rail: C-
Solid Waste: C+
You can read more about why Pennsylvania earned each grade in the report summary found here.
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