Local Infrastructure Gets Low Grades

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, June 29, 2006

A new report card put out by the Sacramento branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers gives roads a D + and traffic congestion a C-. But spokesman David Schwegel says levees get the worst grade. 

"The levee system is in very bad shape. That came out at our lowest grade of a D-minus. So the key purpose behind the report card is to request the funds to be allocated to upgrade the deficient areas of our infrastructure and levees are the most deficient area."

He says voters should approve the infrastructure bond measures on the November ballot.

But critics argue that bonds aren’t the best way to go. They say when the interest payments are factored in, bonds are the most expensive way to fund projects.