High Plains Public Radio

Your Infrastructure Grade is...

Jun 10, 2013

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-.