SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 - Utah) Report cards are in for
While looking through the American Society of Civil Engineers “Infrastructure Report Card,” ABC4 Utah looked closer at two areas: roads and bridges.
The Report Card shows 25% of
The report says
“We bake these roads in the summer, we freeze them in the winter,” said Adan Carrillo with the Utah Department of Transportion. “We're prone to have potholes all the time.”
Carrillo says it is a constant struggle, but also a constant effort.
“We have a very proactive effort to keep these roads in good shape,” said Carrillo.
While potholes are frustrating, the roads are still safe to be driving on.
“Just because some of these roads may need additional maintenance, doesn't mean they're unsafe to be driven on,” said Carrillo.
“Bridges always need to be repaired,” said Steve Meadows, who has lived in
“There was almost a jump - this trailer almost came up the ground. From concrete to the asphalt, they should cover that up."
“There's always work that needs to be done,” said Carrillo. “We've never stopped doing what we do.”
The Report Card shows 126 of the 2,947 bridges in
While “structurally deficient” and “functionally obsolete” sound damaging, they simply mean the bridges need some work. Not necessarily that the bridges are dangerous to drive on.
“Our bridges are safe, they're sound,” said Carrillo. “We would not keep them operational if we felt they were unsafe at any time.”
This Report Card is about more than just handing out a letter grade.
“We're trying to point out, not only what the problems are, but what kind of financing and funding has to take place in the future,” said David Eckhoff, the Project Director for the ASCE Utah Infrastructure Report Card Project.
Eckhoff says, the report only goes so far.
“Kike with a house, they kind of hit the exterior of the house,” said Eckhoff. “But if you're going to renovate the house you have to cover everything. That's what we're attempting to do.”
UDOT already has construction projects in the works to help repair bridges that do need some work.
‘We're on target to make sure our infrastructure is safe and sound for many, many years to come,” said Carrillo.
If you want to check out the report, go to: http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/utah/utah-overview/