Maine's Infrastructure Gets a C- Grade from ASCE

By Joanne Ray | September 28, 2010

The Maine section of the American Society of Civil Engineers released a report on December 10, 2008 giving the state's bridges, roads and schools a low grade in a report card.

Maine Section President, Erik J. Wiberg, P.E., presented the report at a press conference in Augusta. The 61-page report card assessed grades in 14 infrastructure categories – contaminated site remediation, dams, energy, municipal drinking water, municipal wastewater, schools, solid waste and state parks, plus transportation, which was subdivided into six areas – airports, bridges, passenger transportation, ports and waterways, railroads and roads.

The report gave the state a cumulative grade of C- in its assessment of the 14 infrastructure areas deemed to be essential to the state's economic prosperity and quality of life.

The highest grade was a B- given to the state's airports and state parks followed by energy with a C+. Municipal drinking water got a C along with solid waste and railroads. Schools, passenger transportation, ports and waterways got a C-, while contaminated site remediation, dams, municipal wastewater and bridges got a D+. Maine's roads came in at the bottom with a D.

As stated on the ASCE website, the purpose of the state report card is to raise public awareness of the importance of a modern and well-maintained infrastructure. "Our infrastructure cannot be taken for granted and requires daily maintenance and continuous planning," the site said.