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Puerto Rico's Failing Infrastructure: A Top Priority

Puerto Rico's Failing Infrastrucure made the news in November 2019, when the American Society of Civil Engineers released its first report card on Puerto Rico's roads, ports, energy grid and other infrastructure. In the report, Puerto Rico scored an overall D-minus, and put a price tag of as much as $23 billion over 10 years on needed updates and repairs. The near-failing grade comes as the island is still trying to recover from devastating hurricanes that hit in 2017. According to the report, most of the island's infrastructure is in poor condition and exhibiting significant deterioration. In fact, it said Puerto Rico would need to spend an additional $13-23 billion over 10 years to update infrastructure in order to support economic growth and competitiveness. The report card assigned the lowest grade of F to Puerto Rico's energy infrastructure, which was already in poor condition before Hurricanes Irma and Maria demolished much of the electrical grid, leading to extended blackouts. The rest of the island's infrastructure like dams, bridges and wastewater system earned D+; ports and drinking water got a D; and roads and solid-waste system got a D-. In this episode we speak to Hector Colon-De La Cruz, President of the Puerto Rico Section, American Society of Civil Engineers about what the report means for Puerto Rico.

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