Pa.’s infrastructure in need of an upgrade?

How will Biden's infrastructure plan impact Pa.?

  • Scott LaMar
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Airdate: Wednesday, April 28, 2021

The need to improve, upgrade and modernize the nation’s infrastructure is an issue that most Americans and elected officials from both parties can agree on.

The American Society of Civil Engineers 2021 Report Card gave the U.S. infrastructure a grade of C-. That’s actually up from a D+, but overall 11 of the 17 categories graded got D’s.

The ASCE’s report says 43% of U.S. roads are poor or mediocre and there’s a water main break every two minutes across the country.

The last report for Pennsylvania was in 2018 and it too gave the state a C-. Have there been improvements and what parts of infrastructure need to be repaired or modernized?

President Joe Biden has proposed a $2 trillion infrastructure plan and while there is bipartisan support for infrastructure, there are objections to how much Biden’s plan cost and what he calls infrastructure.

Wednesday’s Smart Talk looks at Pennsylvania’s infrastructure needs.

Appearing on the program are Stephanie Slocum, American Society of Civil Engineers Central Pennsylvania representative and founder of Engineers Rising LLC , Melissa Batula, Acting Executive Deputy Secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Felicia Dell, Director, York County Planning Commission.

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