The Ohio Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has released its 2021 report card for Ohio’s Infrastructure, giving 16 categories of infrastructure an overall grade of C-.
Graded categories included bridges (C+), dams (C-), drinking water (D+), energy (C), hazardous waste (D+), inland waterways (D+), levees (D), parks (C-), ports (C), rail (B), roads (D), schools (C+), solid waste (B-), stormwater (D+), transit (D) and wastewater (C-). The grade was slightly ahead of the national average of D+ awarded in 2017.
Rail infrastructure received the highest grade of a B, as Ohio has the fourth-largest number of public rail/highway grade crossings in the country at 5,737, and the state spends about $15 million annually at public crossings to reduce crashes.
“Infrastructure plays a vital role in the lives of Ohio’s residents and tourists, and supports commerce for local businesses and freight,” said Rep. Troy Balderson (R–Ohio), who serves on