October 10, 2018
Minnesota and the American Society of Civil Engineers released the Infrastructure Report Card. Clark Engineering’s Seth Spychala took part in the presentation yesterday. The report card has been done nationally for many years, but this is the first time that Minnesota engineers researched the infrastructure on a state level. Both Seth and John with Clark Engineering were involved with the extensive research.
The evaluation is divided into nine categories. Minnesota is doing better than the national average in several areas, but there are challenges for which better approaches still need to be developed. Ribbon-cuttings are an exciting opportunity for lawmakers, designers, contractors, and the public to celebrate a finished infrastructure project. Regular maintenance and repairs of these projects, while less exciting, are just as important to keep our public systems working. In fact, it’s actually more cost-effective to pay attention to regular maintenance than for systems to require major repair or replacement.
Minnesota needs to develop a long-term, sustainable, and dedicated funding solution to modernize and maintain the state’s infrastructure.
This is an opportunity to add to the conversation about where we are and where we need to be.