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Infrastructure includes fundamental facilities and systems necessary for Minnesota’s economy to function. Roads, bridges, transit systems, airports, water and sewer systems, dams, ports, and energy systems are categories of infrastructure that directly affect our ability to live, work, and play. Infrastructure is the backbone of our state’s economy and integral to preserving our high quality of life here in the Gopher State.
Our transportation system gets people to work every day or to the lake on the weekends. Water systems deliver clean drinking water to our homes, communities, and businesses. Wastewater treatment systems protect our lakes, rivers, and drinking water sources from contamination.
Much of Minnesota’s infrastructure is aging and reaching the end of its expected lifespan. The majority of our systems were built in the late 20th century, before much of today’s modern technology was developed. New materials, expanded environmental awareness, and increased regulation require improvements to wastewater and drinking water treatment plants.
The energy grid, transportation systems, sewers, and drinking water systems of decades ago need upgrading to better prepare for larger storm events, increased use of renewable fuels, and a changing population.
Broader adoption of asset management systems can help inform systematic operations, maintenance, and upgrades. Comprehensively tracking the age, repairs, and maintenance status of the infrastructure we have will help control and reduce disruptive emergency work. Minnesota must support innovative policies leading to cleaner water, more drivable roads, and a safe environment that will attract business and improve our quality of life.
The 2018 ASCE Minnesota Report Card is a simple tool used to help residents, businesses, and policymakers understand the state of Minnesota’s infrastructure. This information helps start the conversation about how to improve the future of our infrastructure.
Click here to read the Minnesota Infrastructure Report Card Executive Summary.