50% or lower
|F||50% or lower||Deteriorating|
Pennsylvania's inland waterway infrastructure, which connects the Commonwealth to the national waterway systems, was built over the last 150 years. Many of its locks and dams are in a severe state of disrepair due to lack of maintenance and capital improvements funding over several decades. The grade of D+ reflects the fact that none of Pennsylvania's navigation dams and only 18 percent of the locks have a "satisfactory" condition assessment rating, and shipping delays at the most degraded facilities are frequent. This negatively impacts our economy. While American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding provided a much needed boost to construction and operations and maintenance budgets, the ongoing and significant Federal funding limitations have greatly delayed completion of major rebuild projects. A catastrophic failure within the inland waterway system, like any major infrastructure failure, would have serious effects on the industries that rely directly on river transport of heavy bulk commodities.Read the full report (PDF) Read about contributors to this report.