Keystone Is Crumbling
A center for industry, a vital commercial shipping
corridor, and home to the sixth largest state population in the country,
Pennsylvania is truly the Keystone State.
From the time they brush their teeth in the morning to the time they
turn their lights off at night, more than 12 million residents rely
on Pennsylvanias infrastructure to support every aspect of their
daily lives. Each year, manufacturers and distributors rely on our
waterways, highways, airports and rail systems to transport billions
of dollarsin raw materials and finished goods. The Port of Pittsburgh
alone moves approximately $8 billion in goods annually, which equates
to 53,000 jobs and more than $2 billion in income to the region.
Unfortunately, with an aging infrastructure and inadequate funding
for maintenance and upgrades, the Keystone State is crumbling.
On May 9, 2006, the District 4 Sections of the American Society of
Civil Engineers (ASCE)Central Pennsylvania, Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia
and Pittsburghhosted simultaneous press conferences throughout
the state, launching the first Report Card for Pennsylvanias
Infrastructure. ASCE has provided regional information, assessments
and recommendations for nine key infrastructure areas, including Aviation, Bridges, Dams, Drinking Water, Navigable Waterways, Rail, Roads, Transit and Wastewater.
For an in-depth look at each category, please visit infrastructure grades.
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For a copy of the Report Card click here.