Civil engineers give Ohio infrastructure poor marks

Civil engineers said Ohio's roads get a "D"
Civil engineers said Ohio's roads get a "D"
Ohio's roads, bridges, schools and other critical infrastructure received an overall grade of "C-" from the Ohio section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), in the nonprofit group's annual report card released today.

Although economic stimulus funding is targeting infrastructure projects to boost the construction and construction equipment industries, the Ohio Council of Local Sections of the ASCE said the current condition of 10 infrastructure areas in the state will require more than $46 billion over the next five years.

ASCE graded the nation's overall infrastructure condition as a "D" and estimated the projected cost for repairing the nation's infrastructure at $2.2 trillion over the next five years.

The Ohio report card gave infrastructure grades ranging from a high of "B-" for bridges in the state to a low of "D" for state roads.

ASCE found that 43 percent of Ohio's roads are in critical, poor, or fair condition. It is estimated that by the year 2014, Ohio will have a highway budget shortfall of more than $10 billion at the state government level, the group said.

The areas of drinking water and wastewater infrastructure received grades of "D+" while school infrastructure received a "C" grade.