Outside groups often use the early days of the General Assembly session to present information to legislators that they hope will be topics for discussion and action later on. So it was on the opening day of 2014’s session, when the Georgia Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers released a report card on the Peach State’s infrastructure, the first in five years. In a nutshell, we could do better.
The state’s rail, energy, and aviation infrastructure rated the best, with B or B+ rankings. The state’s dams and transit infrastructure were the worst with D- ratings.
The group recommended five solutions to improve the state’s overall C rating:
- The Georgia legislature needs to fund and properly staff the Georgia Safe Dams Program.
- Congress must allocate Federal funding to deepen the Port of Savannah.
- The state, and especially the Atlanta region must develop a regional, accessible transit system.
- Local governments must adequately fund their stormwater infrastructure.
- With the state ranking 49th in funding, Georgia must find some way to fun needed road improvements.
The Atlanta Regional Commission is about to release Plan 2040, which addresses transportation infrastructure improvements over the next 26 years. According to the AJC, the one quarter of the $59 billion plan will be used for improvements, while the rest will be used to maintain current roads and bridges, and pay off debt.