Repairing Massachusetts’ Infrastructure
In today’s world, people are looking for ways to help improve their quality of life and their environment around them. These ways can be as simple as recycling or as large as improving the infrastructure. One of the main issues in the past several years has been the state of the infrastructure in Massachusetts, which has received a cumulative grade of a ‘D’ in 2009 by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Planning, designing, and undertaking new projects, engineers responded to an endless amount of issues that have come with the current infrastructure. Massachusetts, although it has made numerous efforts in the past to fix the crumbling infrastructure, still has a very long road ahead before it can achieve an acceptable rating. Although it comes at a cost, the state can repair each section of its infrastructure, including public transit, public utilities, and bridges, by raising the standards, properly funding projects, and planning and designing the infrastructure itself. Can Massachusetts repair its quickly crumbling infrastructure, including public transportation, public utilities, and bridges within the next decade?
Introduction to the Industry
The infrastructure of Massachusetts, though it is not the worst in the country, is in desperate need of attention. The public transportation systems, public utilities, and bridges are falling apart and causing major issues all over the state. In 2009 and 2013, the state received an overall average of a ‘D,’ and engineers and state officials, like Deval Patrick, and national leaders, like Barack Obama, have made numerous efforts to improving the state’s infrastructure. Deval Patrick has released several state bills to improve many important sections of the infrastructure, and Barack Obama is presenting nation-wide proposals to improve the infrastructure greatly, totaling at a cost of roughly 796,000,000,000 U.S. dollars.
In order to repair the infrastructure in the state, engineers and leaders agree that the standards to which the infrastructure should meet should be raised. The ASCE has created a grading system that grades each state based on each section of the infrastructure, from public transportation to school building conditions. The highest a state could receive is an ‘A,’ in which it exceeds expectations and the structures are suitable for the future; the lowest grade you can receive is an ‘F,’ in which the structures are unsuitable and should be repaired immediately. They hope to raise the standards for each grade so that the state is forced to meet certain standards.
To start, engineers have made several proposals to raise the standards on public transportation, from increasing the qualification standards of employees to creating new standards on the condition of the transportation infrastructure. These standards will reduce the amount of lower skilled employees and improve the skill of others. Conditions of the...