Infrastructure Report Card
Infrastructure is a critical issue impacting Texas’s economy, society, security and future. That’s why approximately every four years, we develop a report card depicting the condition and performance of Texas’s infrastructure in the familiar form of a school report card – assigning letter grades based on the physical condition and needed investments for improvement.
The report card is one of our key projects. It serves an important role in raising public awareness and providing elected officials the necessary tools to support infrastructure funding. As civil engineers in the state of Texas, we have a responsibility to safeguard the life, health, and welfare of the public. We believe part of this responsibility includes providing the public and our elected leaders with critical information about the current state of our infrastructure.
2021 Texas IRC
The ASCE Texas Section’s Infrastructure Report Card Committee is charged with preparing the 2021 Report Card for Texas’ Infrastructure and will be active throughout 2020. The target release is January 2021. The report card is an important advocacy tool that will be used to support the ASCE Texas Legislative Drive-In during the spring of 2021.
Our 50+ member-committee is in the process of collecting and compiling available state-wide data, developing a written summary for each category, and analyzing the available information to assign a grade based on ASCE’s pre-determined criteria. ASCE provides a number of tools and templates to help with the development of state report cards. The final Texas report card will be reviewed by ASCE’s Committee on America’s Infrastructure, the group behind the National IRC.
The report card is divided into infrastructure categories, such as drinking water and dams, and provides a wide range of solutions for raising the grades. Although some of the low grades presented in the report card seem negative, that’s not the case. Our agencies and engineers in the great state of Texas have the technical abilities to design innovative, resilient, and effective infrastructure. Sometimes, however, we have limited funding for new infrastructure and maintenance and operations of existing infrastructure.
The Texas IRC Committee is comprised of members who are technical experts within their respective practice area(s). The team is a combination of public servants, private consultants, and educators. ASCE Dallas Branch Past President, Mark Boyd PhD, PE, serves as the Chair of the Committee. Additionally, ASCE Texas Section Past VP for Professional Affairs, Travis Attanasio PE, CFM, serves as our Consultant and will coordinate with state agencies and other stakeholders as we develop the report card. Executive Director Lindsay O’Leary PE, CAE serves as the staff point of contact for the committee. You are welcome to contact Lindsay with any questions about the committee.
The 2017 report card resulted in a Texas GPA of a “C-”. It graded seven individual categories of infrastructure. Bridges received the highest grade earning a “B,” followed by Aviation receiving a “B-”. The remaining five categories received “D” grades: Dams, Drinking Water, Flood Control, Highways and Roads, and Wastewater.
The report is available here:
The 2012 Texas Infrastructure Report Card Update, accompanying Fact Sheets, and Media Release are available here:
America’s Infrastructure Report Card
The American Society of Civil Engineers prepared infrastructure report cards at the national level in 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2009, 2013, and released the most recent report in March 2017. These report cards have been endorsed by numerous professional and technical societies. They serve an important role in raising public awareness and providing elected officials the necessary tools to support infrastructure funding.
Become an Infrastructure Advocate
Our members frequently use this report card as a tool when meeting with the general public and elected officials. It is often a topic of discussion at our Legislative Drive-In too.
Any interested members are welcome to join our Government Affairs Committee. Join the team to connect with others, advocate for our profession, and make an impact in our industry. For more information, please contact ASCE Texas Section’s Government Affairs Committee Chair Griselda Gonzales PE, ENV SP at [email protected].