With C Grade, Arizona Ranks 3rd Best In U.S. For Infrastructure

By Ron Dungan
Published: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 7:38am
Updated: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 7:33am

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Interstate 10 runs through downtown Phoenix. According to the 2021 Report Card For America's Infrastructure report, there are more than 66,000 miles of public roads in Arizona.

Preparing for a $2 trillion overhaul of the nation’s infrastructure, the Biden administration has handed out letter grades to each state in the 2021 Report Card For America's Infrastructure report.

Arizona has been given a C for its infrastructure, which sounds rather average, but only two states received a higher mark.

The report says the average Arizona driver spends more than $600 annually due to driving on roads that need repair.

But the report looked at more than roads and bridges. States received grades on clean-energy jobs, public transportation, drinking water and broadband.

The report says 14% of Arizonans have poor broadband connections, and 45% have only one provider.

Only Georgia and Utah received higher marks than Arizona, both earning a C+.

Most states received a C- or worse, and nine were cited for a systemic lack of investment.

ADOT had no comment on the report, saying it does not comment on pending legislation.

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