Making the Grade
By: Russell J. “Joey” Coco, Jr., MBA, PE
The Louisiana Section of ASCE has joined only 23 other states that have published infrastructure report cards. The report card is intended to raise the public’s awareness on Louisiana’s infrastructure. The Louisiana Report Card Committee is comprised of 50+ volunteers from both public and private sectors with many different technical and administrative backgrounds. Kam Movassaghi, PhD, PE, F.ASCE serves as the executive director of the report card.
There are 9 major infrastructure categories that are considered in the Louisiana Report Card: Roads, Bridges, Dams, Hazardous & Solid Waste, Drinking Water, Wastewater, Levees, Aviation, and Ports. Data on each of these topics was collected over the last year and grades assigned to each area based on factors such as the infrastructure’s overall condition, capacity, funding, operation and maintenance, public safety, and resilience. Recommendations are given, where applicable, to advise key decision makers on ways to sustain positive grades or ways to improve upon poor grades.
The release date for the Report Card for Louisiana’s Infrastructure will be January 18, 2012. There will be a Press Conference on January 18th at the Old State Capitol, 100 North Blvd., Baton Rouge at 10AM. We ask for your support of the volunteers who worked diligently on this important ASCE project for Louisiana.