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Governor’s state of the state address showed need for infrastructure investment.

Danny X. Xiao

  • Emphasis on infrastructure critical to help fill $13 billion gap for roads and bridges in Wisconsin.
  • Danny Xiao, Wisconsin Section President of the American Society of Civil Engineers, applauded Gov. Tony Evers’ state of state address for highlighting infrastructure.
  • Poor pipes means some 26 billion gallons of water is lost every year.

Infrastructure is the backbone of Wisconsin’s economy and residents’ way of life. Airports, roads, bridges, ports and inland waterways move goods and services throughout the state, while the energy grid keeps businesses up and running. Drinking water, wastewater and stormwater systems keep Wisconsinites healthy.

Despite the crucial role these systems play in our daily lives, infrastructure investment has long been overlooked. Wisconsin’s roads and bridges were facing an estimated $13 billion over 10 years according to WisDOT’s most recent Keep Wisconsin Moving report. Nearly 1,000 bridges have received ‘poor condition’ ratings.

According to ASCE, each U.S. household loses approximately $3,300 per year due to inefficient or faulty infrastructure systems. Continued prioritization of infrastructure improvements will reduce financial burdens on Wisconsinites and allow for greater economic efficiency throughout the state. 

Danny X. Xiao, President of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Wisconsin Section and Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Gov. Tony Evers’ state of the state address (Jan. 24) highlighted the importance of the state’s infrastructure network, which was given a cumulative grade of ‘C’ by the Wisconsin section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in its 2020 Report Card for Wisconsin’s Infrastructure. Evers specifically pointed out investments made in recent years to improve roads and bridges, as well as the state’s devotion to providing clean drinking water to all residents. Although a ‘C’ is nothing to brag about, it is higher than ASCE’s grade for the entire nation of a ‘C-‘ given in 2021.

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