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Ohio’s Infrastructure receives C- rating, surpassing national average

by Kali Persall

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

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