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2016 Report Card GPA:
C

2016 Report Card for Florida's Infrastructure

Infrastructure is the backbone of Florida’s economy and a necessary part of every Floridian’s day. The Florida Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers released the 2016 Report Card for Florida’s Infrastructure on Thursday, July 14. The report includes an evaluation of the state’s aviation, bridges, coastal areas, drinking water, energy, ports, roads, schools, stormwater, transit, and wastewater (see grades below).

 

One of the key findings from this report is that Florida is growing, and the State's infrastructure needs a growth spurt of its own to keep up. Recently Florida’s population has grown at a rate of about 1% per year, adding about 1 million people, which is the equivalent of adding a city the size of Jacksonville every 5 years. Some cities and counties are stepping up their efforts, but more needs to be done across the state by every infrastructure owner. The good news is that investments in areas like bridges and smart technology investment solutions seen in ports and airports are raising Florida's grades. As Florida grows, investing in infrastructure must be Florida’s top priority to continue to be the place people want to live and work as well as attract visitors from around the country and the world.

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Florida Infrastructure Grades

2016 Report Card GPA:
C
Aviation
B-
Bridges
B
Coastal Areas
D+
Drinking Water
C+
Energy
C-
Ports
B-
Roads
C
School Facilities
D+
Stormwater
D
Transit
C
Wastewater
C

A: Exceptional, B: Good, C: Mediocre, D: Poor, F: Failing, ?: Incomplete

Each category was evaluated on the basis of capacity, condition, funding, future need, operation and maintenance, public safety, resilience, and innovation

Key Facts About Florida Infrastructure

Aviation

100 public-use airports

Bridges

259 of the 12,070 bridges are structurally deficient

Bridges

$91.30 million in bridge funds came from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in 2011

Dams

37% of the state regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan

Dams

79 high hazard dams

Drinking Water

$16.5 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years

Energy

4.664 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 21st

Hazardous Waste

55 sites on the National Priorities List

Inland Waterways

1,540 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 7th nationally

Levees

1,824 miles of levees

Ports

91.5 million short tons of cargo in 2012, ranking it 8th nationally

Public Parks

$31.3 million of unmet needs for its parks system

Rail

14 freight railroads covering 2,907 miles across the state, ranking 23rd nationally by mileage

Roads

$2.5 billion a year in costs to motorists from driving on roads in need of repair, which is $181 /yr per motorist

Roads

15,073 of the state’s 121,829 public roads are major roads, and 4% are in poor condition

Schools

$8.9 billion in estimated school infrastructure funding needs

Transit

252 million annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems including bus, transit, and commuter trains

Wastewater

$19.6 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years

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