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Nov 20, 2012 8:11 PM by Zach Thaxton

Colo. Springs earns "D-" for stormwater, "D+" for bridges

Colorado Springs is not making the grade when it comes to crucial infrastructure across the city.  In fact, in some areas, it's just shy of failing.  Those are the findings of the first-ever Infrastructure Report Card for the area, released in October.

According to the report, compiled by local members of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Colorado Springs area received the following grades for six crucial areas of infrastructure in 2012:

Bridges:  D+  (bridges must last 600 years at current funding levels)
Drinking Water:  B-  (Southern Delivery System to have lasting positive impact)
Roads:  D  (PPRTA renewal should bring continued improvements)
Stormwater:  D-  (city can't handle 100-year flood; no funding for improvements)
Transit:  C-  (transit cuts reducing mobility for many residents)
Wastewater:  B  (excellent current capacity, but aging wastewater pipelines)

CLICK HERE to view the full 2012 Infrastructure Report Card.

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