- How N.C. ranked
Bridges: C-minus. North Carolina would need to increase spending by $281 million a year to make significant improvement in reducing its backlog of old bridges overdue for replacement.
Roads: C. Highways are in fair to good condition, with safe and efficient road operations, after recent years of increased maintenance spending.
Dams: D. Ten percent of the state’s high-hazard dams are deficient, and one-third are more than 50 years old. North Carolina spends less than the national average on dam safety and needs an estimated $1.9 billion to rehabilitate its dams.
Public school buildings: C. Ten percent of students are in mobile classrooms, and 58 percent of schools will need renovations costing $8.2 billion over the next five years.
Beaches and inlets: C-minus. The state should set aside at least $75 million a year for projects to repair coastal storm damage and for dredging to open sand-clogged navigation channels.
Aviation: D-plus. An estimated $763 million needed to upgrade pavement and other facilities at 91 publicly owned airports.
Rail: C-plus. Rail investment needs projected for the next 25 years are estimated at $545 million for freight and $2.9 billion for passenger service.
Energy: B-plus. The state has a solid foundation of affordable, diverse, reliable energy resources.
Drinking water: C-plus. The state’s 530 public water systems need $10 billion over the next 20 years to replace aging systems, keep water safe and keep up with growth.
Stormwater: C-minus. State clean water funds are being reduced, and most communities have no funding source for tackling stormwater pollution.
Wastewater: C. North Carolina needs more than $4 billion by 2030 to replace old wastewater facilities, meet clean water rules and keep up with growth.
Source: 2013 ReportCard on America's Infrastructure
Posted: Monday, June 17, 2013 12:00 am
RALEIGH — North Carolina gets mediocre grades for its efforts to maintain aging bridges, roads, schools and water systems in a new infrastructure report card compiled by a professional engineers’ group.
The American Society of Civil Engineers expresses its greatest concern about public safety —– and issues a D grade — for the state’s dams.
Monday, June 17, 2013 12:00 am.