Infrastructure in the United States is in dire need of an update. It’s not hard to find headlines and articles discussing how the major structures, utilities, and transportation systems we rely upon are crumbling, inefficient, and posing dangerous risks to millions upon millions of Americans.
The construction industry is eager to fix these issues. From expert civil engineers to the domestic bolt manufacturers at Bacoent construction company, there are ample resources and solutions waiting to be utilized. Funding issues and dysfunction in politics are among the major holdups standing in the way of much-needed improvements.
There are some states that are doing surprisingly well in prioritizing infrastructure and maintaining their roads, bridges, airports, rail networks, ports, and water utilities. As CNBC’s America’s Top States for Business study revealed, there may be a lot to learn from these ten states that stand out from the rest.
Utah, Nevada, and Florida all earned a B+ for their 2018 infrastructure score. With decent road, bridge, and tunnel conditions, the average commuter spends less than thirty minutes getting to or from work. Scoring A- grades were Kentucky, Minnesota, Tennessee, and Ohio. Well maintained airports, in addition to varied local business and larger commerce investments, have enabled these states to stand out. Georgia and Indiana came through even stronger with sold A ratings. Texas was ranked at the top of the list with a fairly wide margin and a notable A+ rating.
The Lone Star State is doing a lot of things right, which is impressive for its size, population, and bustling commerce activities. Even with recovery from Hurricane Harvey setting back some areas, Texas’ infrastructure has proven its strength.
CNBC also recently publicized which states were ranked in the bottom ten for infrastructure. With the exception of Mississippi and West Virginia, most states were on the eastern seaboard and included some of the busiest regions of the country. New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Connecticut, and Massachusetts had some of the worst average commuting times in the nation, as well as seriously outdated water utilities.
Road, bridge and tunnel conditions were also quite poor across the list, with Rhode Island being ranked the worst. 70 percent of The Ocean State’s roads were judged as mediocre to poor, which is worrying to learn that such a small state is falling so far behind in essential infrastructure.
Looking at the successes and failures, there are a lot of lessons to be gained on what’s working and what is not, but it’s still abundantly clear that the nation as a whole is far, far past due on a modern infrastructure investment.