On June 16, the New Jersey Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers released the 2016 Report Card for New Jersey’s Infrastructure. The Report, a snapshot of New Jersey’s current infrastructure conditions and needs, was compiled by civil engineering professionals and educators in New Jersey, including Moretrench Chief Dewatering Engineer Greg Landry, P.E.
Landry, who is a former President of ASCE’s North Jersey branch and the New Jersey Section, was a member of the 3-person steering committee that managed the report, along with Luis Barragan, P.E. and Michael Sears, P.E. (also former North Jersey Branch Presidents). They drew from experts across the state to compile each the following categories: Water, Wastewater, Parks, Dams, Levees, Ports, Roads, Rail, Transit, Bridges, Energy, Hazardous Waste, and Solid Waste. Grades were assigned on an A to F basis according to the following criteria: capacity, condition, funding, future need, operation and maintenance, public safety, resilience, and innovation. The report also outlined a vision for what New Jersey’s infrastructure will look like in the future and some of the actions needed to get there.
Overall, New Jersey infrastructure earned a cumulative GPA of “D+” in the 13 categories. Among the lowest grades were transit (D-), bridges (D+) and roads (D), all of which are funded by the state’s Transportation Trust Fund. Following the statewide release, a press conference was hosted at the State House by Assembly Majority Leader Louis D. Greenwald which focused on the need to fix the state’s Transportation Trust Fund which will go bankrupt on July 1 if state lawmakers don’t act.
Landry commented that “The committee is hopeful that bipartisan legislation which proposes to increase New Jersey’s gas tax is a smart first step toward getting our state’s infrastructure back on track.”