2010 Report Card for Pennsylvania's InfrastructureKeystone In Crisis
The Keystone in Crisis
Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers, ASCE, represents more than 144,000 civil engineers worldwide.
The four sections of ASCE Pennsylvania—Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Central Pennsylvania and Lehigh Valley—represent more than 6,000 civil engineers statewide.
Back in 2006, the four Pennsylvania sections of ASCE came together to create the first Report Card for Pennsylvania’s Infrastructure, assessing things like our drinking water systems, roads, and bridges at the state level and sounding the alarm about our state’s neglect of infrastructure funding and its long-term effects.
On May 24, 2010, we released our second Report Card, the 2010 Report Card for Pennsylvania’s Infrastructure, throughout the state.
In the four years between Report Cards, the state of Pennsylvania’s infrastructure has not improved—in fact, we are witnessing a crisis in our state’s infrastructure that will affect every Pennsylvanian for years to come.
This year’s Report Card takes a hard and thorough look at 12 areas: Bridges, Dams and Levees, Drinking Water, Navigable Waterways, Parks and Recreation, Rail, Roads, Schools, Solid Waste, Stormwater, Transit and Wastewater, and gives real-world recommendations for how to improve each.
Civil engineers are stewards of the nation’s infrastructure, charged with the design, construction, operation and maintenance of our vital public works. Inherent in that responsibility is the obligation to periodically assess the state of the infrastructure, report on its condition and performance, and advise on the steps necessary for its improvement.
We are confident that the Commonwealth can move forward with vision, leadership, and community involvement and support.
For an in-depth look at each category, please visit infrastructure grades.
For more information about how we arrived at our grades and our contributors, please visit Behind the Grades.
For a complete list of sources used for Infrastructure Reports, please visit More Resources.
We also encourage you to visit the site for the National Report Card for America’s Infrastructure: www.infrastructurereportcard.org