My Sunday column deals with a new report from the American Society of Civil Engineers on the condition of the nation’s infrastructure. The 2013 Report Card for America's Infrastructure points out the need for major repairs to our roads, bridges, treatment of solid waste, inland waterways and levees, delivery of drinking water and so on.
The picture in Alabama is bleak. Here are some highlights on challenges in Alabama:
- “Alabama is the only state that does not have a state dam safety program.”
- “Alabama has reported $4.1 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.”
- “1,448 of the 16,070 bridges in Alabama (9.0%) are considered structurally deficient.”
- “2,205 of the 16,070 bridges in Alabama (13.7%) are considered functionally obsolete.”
- “Driving on roads in need of repair costs Alabama motorists $530 million a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $141 per motorist.”
- “25% of Alabama’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.”
- “Alabama’s gas tax of 20.9 cents per gallon has not been increased in 20 years.”
None of these problems will fix themselves.
-- Bob Davis