Maine

2012 Report Card GPA:
C-

ME2012 Report Card for Maine's Infrastructure

The maintenance and improvement of Maine's infrastructure is vital to our economy, health, safety, security and to the environment. The Maine Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (Maine Section ASCE) represents over 750 civil engineering professionals who live and work in the State of Maine. As a public service to the residents of Maine, a team of engineers and industry experts volunteered hundreds of hours in both 2008 and 2012 to review public records and provide an overview of infrastructure in Maine. The 19 lead authors in 2012 have a combined 460 years of experience. The first report was published in December 2008. This 2012 report card provides an update in order to determine progress or decline in each infrastructure area since 2008.

The Maine Section ASCE analyzed the following fundamental components of each infrastructure area: existing conditions, capacity, operations & maintenance or deferred maintenance, public safety & security, risk and consequences of failure, and, current and projected levels of funding. Our infrastructure cannot be taken for granted and requires daily maintenance and continuous planning.

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Maine Infrastructure Grades for 2012

2012 Report Card GPA:
C-
Aviation
B
Bridges
C-
Dams
D+
Drinking Water
C+
Education
C-
Energy
C+
Environmental Cleanup
C-
Parks
C+
Ports
C+
Rail
C
Roads
D
Solid Waste
C-
Transportation
C-
Wastewater
D+

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

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

Key Facts About Maine Infrastructure

Aviation

35 public-use airports

Bridges

366 of the 2,402 bridges are structurally deficient

Bridges

$29 million in bridge funds came from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in 2011

Dams

27 high hazard dams

Dams

100% of the state regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan

Drinking Water

$1.2 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years

Energy

7.963 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 11th

Hazardous Waste

13 sites on the National Priorities List

Inland Waterways

70 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 37th nationally

Levees

3 miles of levees

Ports

15.1 million short tons of cargo in 2012, ranking it 32nd nationally

Public Parks

$38.0 million of unmet needs for its parks system

Rail

7 freight railroads covering 896 miles across the state, ranking 42nd nationally by mileage

Roads

$454.0 million a year in costs to motorists from driving on roads in need of repair, which is $451 /yr per motorist

Roads

2,568 of the state’s 22,871 public roads are major roads, and 7% are in poor condition

Schools

$659.0 million in estimated school infrastructure funding needs

Transit

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

Wastewater

$1.0 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years

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