Civil Engineers: State’s infrastructure needs improvement

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2014, file photo, construction cranes are working on the foundations for a new Tappan Zee Bridge, as seen from Nyack, N.Y. New York does a good job of investing in public parks and solid waste but must improve efforts to modernize its sewers, bridges and roads, according to a new analysis of the state’s infrastructure report card from the New York chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The report, which was released Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, looked at a broad range of infrastructure, including airports, transit and other categories. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – A new analysis of New York’s infrastructure is giving the state’s bridges, roads and wastewater systems a bad grade.

The New York chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers releases the state’s infrastructure report card on Tuesday. The organization rated several categories of infrastructure including airports, drinking water, transit, dams and parks.

The state’s overall grade is a C-minus.

New York earned Ds when it came to bridges, roads and sewers, however. The report notes that many roads and highways are in poor condition, most bridges are at least 75 years old and the state’s wastewater systems need $36 billion in repairs and upgrades.

On the positive side, the state earned B-minuses for parks and solid waste.

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