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Estimated Investment Needed by 2020:
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Pennsylvania

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2014 Report Card for Pennsylvania’s Infrastructure

On June 25th, civil engineers from across Pennsylvania released a new Report Card for Pennsylvania’s Infrastructure giving 16 grades for the state’s infrastructure – from bridges to water to school facilities. The Report Card found that Pennsylvania faces immense challenges to maintaining and modernizing infrastructure throughout the state:
  • Pennsylvania has the highest percentage of structurally deficient bridges in the country. Of the Commonwealth’s more than 22,000 bridges, nearly one in four are considered structurally deficient.
  • Pennsylvania has the most combined sewer overflows (CSOs) of any state.
  • The Commonwealth must invest $28 billion over the next 20 years to repair existing wastewater systems, meet clean water standards and build or expand existing systems to meet increasing demands
  • Pennsylvania’s 1.3 traffic fatalities per 100 million miles of travel is significantly higher than the national average of 1.1.

Let’s Raise the Grades

The 2014 Pennsylvania Report Card provides three recommendations to move Pennsylvania forward:
  • KEEP UP THE MOMENTUM FOR BETTER INFRASTRUCTURE: In 2013, Pennsylvania’s officials showed leadership by passing a transportation package that will start putting the roads, bridges, and transit systems back into working order.
  • AFFIRM PUBLIC SAFETY AS GOVERNMENT’S #1 JOB:Whether it’s repairs to bridges, ensuring safe drinking water, or keeping up on dam safety inspections, public safety must always be the first priority as leaders budget and plan for the future. Ensuring infrastructure is resilient and online 99.9% of the time will keep communities safe and the economy thriving.
  • STOP WASTING MONEY BY WAITING: Of the 7 infrastructure categories with D grades, all of these deal with transportation and water systems, and much of the repairs and long-term funding are being short-changed. Waiting will only lead to larger issues that will disrupt lives and cost even more when the bill comes due. Pennsylvania must look at the full cost of decisions and then put savings to use.
To raise Pennsylvania’s grades, the Commonwealth’s leaders need to keep up momentum started by the Act-89 for transportation and start working on the state’s other infrastructure issues.  Congress also needs to keep the momentum going from the passage of water resources reform and focus on fixing the Highway Trust Fund. Pennsylvania has done their part to fix and fund their transportation network and so should Congress.   Read the full Report Card at www.pareportcard.org.

How is Pennsylvania’s Infrastructure Doing?

Dams

  • Pennsylvania’s dam safety program has 26.2 Full-Time Employees that each oversee an average of 128 state regulated dams.
  • Pennsylvania has 767 high hazard dams.
  • 96% of the state regulated dams in Pennsylvania have an Emergency Action Plan.
  • Pennsylvania’s state dam safety program has an annual budget of $2,460,330.

Drinking Water

  • Pennsylvania has reported $14.2 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.

Hazardous Waste

  • Pennsylvania has 96 sites on the National Priorities List.

Levees

  • Pennsylvania has approximately 199 miles of levees according to the current FEMA Midterm Levee Inventory.

Wastewater

  • Pennsylvania has reported $17.9 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.

Aviation

  • There are 132 public-use airports in Pennsylvania.

Bridges

  • 5,218 of the 22,660 bridges in Pennsylvania (23%) are considered structurally deficient.
  • 4,343 of the 22,660 bridges in Pennsylvania (19.2%) are considered functionally obsolete.
  • Pennsylvania received $429.3 million from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in FY2011.

Inland Waterways

  • Pennsylvania has 260 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 28th in the nation.

Ports

  • Pennsylvania’s ports handled 70.4 million short tons of cargo in 2012, ranking it 11th in the nation.

Rail

  • Pennsylvania has 55 freight railroads covering 5,071 miles across the state, ranking it 5th by mileage.

Roads

  • Pennsylvania has 119,846 miles of public roads.
  • Pennsylvania has 15,615 miles of major roads, 15% of which are in poor condition.
  • Driving on roads in need of repair costs Pennsylvania motorists $3.7 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $424.14 per motorist.

Transit

  • Pennsylvania has 462.2 million annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems – motor bus, heavy rail, light rail, and commuter rail.

Parks and Recreation

  • Pennsylvania has reported an unmet need of $24.5 million for its parks system.

Schools

  • Public school districts in Pennsylvania spent a total of $8 billion on capital outlays for school construction and acquisition of land and existing structures in fiscal years 2005–2008.
  • It is estimated that Pennsylvania schools have $9.3 billion in infrastructure funding needs.

Energy

  • Pennsylvania produces 6.577 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 17th.
 
Source: 2013 Report Card for Americas Infrastructure

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