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Engineering group gives Georgia’s infrastructure a C+

January 26, 2019

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A civil engineering association has given Georgia a grade of “C+” for its infrastructure.

Georgia’s grade rose slightly in the American Society of Civil Engineers report, which was released recently, The Savannah Morning News reported.

Georgia’s latest score is a slight improvement from the 2014 infrastructure report card grade of C.

Improvements in categories that helped Georgia garner the slightly higher score included the Georgia ports, transportation funding, transit, and storm water utilities, the newspaper reported.

The information comes from the society’s 2019 Report Card for Georgia’s Infrastructure.

Grades improved in nine categories, including the Georgia ports.

Those higher grades were given to Georgia’s bridges, dams, drinking water, parks and recreation, school facilities, roads, transit and storm water categories, the Savannah newspaper reported.

Regarding Georgia’s ports, the grade in the recent report rose from a C+ in the last one to a B- now.

That improvement was partly because of the increased capacity at the ports and the progress of the Savannah River Harbor Expansion, the Savannah newspaper reported. The project includes deepening the harbor to 47 feet (14 meters) and is at its halfway point of completion.

In 2014, the association’s report card cited the significance of dredging the harbor so it could handle the expected ships that would visit on Savannah after completion of the Panama Canal expansion.

The report is compiled every five years by American Society of Civil Engineers. It is the nation’s largest national engineering society, with membership in Georgia of more than 2,000.

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Information from: Savannah Morning News, http://www.savannahnow.com