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Pennsylvania infrastructure not making the grade

Written by Merideth Bucher, Producer | Feb 25, 2019 4:34 AM

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What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, February 25, 2018: This is an encore production that originally aired in December 2018

Report cards are out and Pennsylvania is on notice. 

The American Society of Civil Engineers released the Pennsylvania 2018 Infrastructure Report Card and gave the state an overall GPA of C-. Seven of the state's 18 critical infrastructure categories earned below average marks.

Drinking water is one of the categories with a D grade because of an estimated $14.2 billion in infrastructure needs over the next 20 years. There are other categories with equally alarming projected resource demands. 

The American Society of Civil Engineers are self-described advocates for the care of the nation's infrastructure. They release the report card every four years to examine current infrastructure conditions, assign grades, and make recommendations for improvements. The most recent national report card was released in 2017. 

What can Pennsylvania do to raise the grade? 

Appearing on Smart Talk to discuss the report card and Pennsylvania's infrastructure are Stephanie Slocum, ASCE Central Pennsylvania representative, Kirk Stoner, Cumberland County planning director, and PennDOT Executive Deputy Secretary Leo Bagley

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Kirk Stoner and Dep. Sec. Leo Bagley

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