Nevada gets “C” grade for infrastructure; state scores better than the country

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As a budget showdown looms in Washington, D.C., finding a solution to one of the few issues both parties and President Donald Trump agree on could be pushed back.

President Trump’s $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan could be on the table for lawmakers to tackle in the coming year.

But how great is the need for that money?  Very because the country’s infrastructure, including bridges and roads, don’t fare very well.    

They have received a “D+” grade, but Nevada fares better scoring a”C.” That’s an improvement from the “C-” on the last scorecard which was released in 2014.

The grades come from the American Society of Civil Engineers. The group has report cards for every state.

Nevada averaged its “C” score in 12 categories.

Chuck Joseph headed up the report card committee for Nevada.

“We have two major metropolitan areas, Las Vegas, and Reno, that are on the upswing and a real uptrend,” Joseph said.  “We’ve got a higher level of investment going on in both of those areas, and then the rural counties that we have, they have a lot of needs, but not as great a means, I should say.” 

On the high end of the spectrum, Nevada scored a “B-” for its public parks, bridges, sewer, and power grid.  The state’s 30 public airports, road, solid waste facilities, and storm water network scored right in the middle with a “C.”

RTC General Manager Tina Quigley says there’s a lot of room for improvement, and fuel revenue indexing dollars will fund about $3 billion worth.

“As we let those [dollars] out, you see a lot of orange cones,” Quigley said.  “We see a lot of work, but that also means that we’re building a solid foundation for infrastructure for the next generations to come.”

The report gives the state’s drinking water network a “C-,” citing a need to invest more money to keep up with projected growth over the next two decades.

The state’s 17 school districts also received a “C-” minus.  Nevada also ranks “poor” in one category, earning a “D-“plus when it comes to the 656 state-regulated and 282 federally-regulated dams.

“The dams, a lot of the backlog in funding would come through the water resources development act, from the federal government,” Joseph said.  

View the full report here.

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