Louisiana's infrastrucure receives poor grades, needs to be upgraded according to engineers

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 5:50pm

LOUISIANA (FOX44) — According to a report card released today by the Louisiana section of the American Society of Civil Engineers , Louisiana's roads and bridges are inadequate.

It was put together by 50 volunteers, most of them civil engineers from both the private and public sector.

The group looked at nine areas including roads, bridges, dams, and airports. Each group was given a letter grade “A” through “F”.

One engineer in the group says a good infrastructure is critical for growth.

“If we can't get our goods from point A to point B in a very efficient matter, and we're not going to be economically viable, we are not going to be economically competitive,” stated engineer Kam Mouassaghi. “A good infrastructure is a basic requirement for our future.”

Here's a look at some of the grades.

The only two areas in the state that scored higher than a "B" were dams and solid waste. The state got a "C" in aviation, and a "D+" when it came to bridges and drinking water.

The group says the state roads also need significant improvement, giving them a "D".

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