Indiana Infrastructure gets a D+ on its Report Card

By: Daniel M. Drewry

The Indiana chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (“ASCE”) recently issued a report grading the infrastructure of the state. The report focused on Indiana’s wastewater treatment facilities, airports, bridges, roads, rail, and drinking water. The result? Indiana was given an overall D+. While this was slightly higher than the national D-average, the report highlights the rapidly decaying state of our state’s infrastructure and the billions of dollars needed to restore and maintain it. The individual grades for each category were as follows:

Aviation: C

Bridges: C+

Dams: D-

Drinking Water: D+

Rail: D+

Roads: C-

Wastewater: D-

To read the full report, go to: The state of Indiana’s infrastructure needs and the billions of dollars required to address those needs are not a problem unique to Indiana. In 2009, the ASCE graded the nation’s infrastructure at a D level. It is a national problem that will likely require a federal solution, including significant federal funding. However, the scale of this problem will require more than the federal government can provide. Will the necessary state-level funding component be there? To date that answer has been “No.” Your average taxpayer will accept and even applaud millions of tax dollars being used to construct new and improved hotels, stadiums and mixed-use developments, but ask him or her to use those dollars to eliminate a combined sewer overflow system and you are bound to have some explaining to do.