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Iowa gets a C- on its Infrastructure Report Card

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Iowa's first ever Infrastructure Report Card, put out by the Iowa Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, says that the state's overall GPA is a C-.

The average is made up of the grades for 11 different categories; in the solid waste category, Iowa pulls a B+. Inland waterways, dams and bridges all got Ds. Aviation, rail, roads, levees, electrical energy, drinking water, and wastewater were all C grades.

The report makes note of some of Iowa's biggest problems, which include:

    20% of Iowa's bridges, the third highest in the nation, are structurally deficient or have weight restrictions

    10% of the 4,000 dams in Iowa are regularly inspected, and 23% have Emergency Action Plans in place

    Only one of the 13 lock and dams on the Mississippi river can "handle modern tows in a single lockage." 12 of them are over 80 years old

    Iowa has an annual shortfall of $215 million to meet critical needs on the roadways

    61% of the states airports meet every service level requirement

    57 of Iowas levees are considered minimally acceptable and 18 are unacceptable

You can read the full report here.

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