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Economy & Enterprise
Mon June 10, 2013
Your Infrastructure Grade is...
The American Society of Civil Engineers recently posted the infrastructure report card for each state. Scores were given in 12 categories: aviation, bridges, dams, drinking water, education, energy, flood control, inland waterways, roads, solid waste, transit, and wastewater.
Kansas had an over grade of C-. The lowest mark, a D-, was in regard to dams. Kansas has 668 state regulated dams, 230 are rated high hazard. The best areas were school facilities and roads, both receiving a C+.
Colorado had an overall ranking of C+, with aviation its strongest category attaining a B+, and energy the weakest, taking a D. Colorado is 19th in renewable energy production.
Oklahoma also received an overall grade of C+. There are 129 miles of levees in the Sooner state, gaining the lowest rating of D-. Rails had the best score with a B.
Texas had the best overall position with a B. The highest marks were given to solid waste and energy. Texas is fifth in the production of renewable energy, with 28.967 gigawatt-hours. Dams, drinking water, and education all achieved D-.