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Nevada infrastructure receives passing grade from civil engineers

Posted at 7:49 PM, Dec 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-19 22:59:15-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV)  — The report card is out for Nevada’s roads and bridges.

The American Society of Civil Engineers gave Nevada a "C" grade when it comes to the state’s infrastructure.

That's the same grade Nevada received in 2014.

Improvements are in the works for the highways in Las Vegas and the state's roads overall, but the engineers rated the roadways "fair" as there is a backlog of repairs that are expected to cost the state millions of dollars.

According to the report, roads overall were a "C" while bridges received a "B-" grade.

However, the state received its lowest grade of a “D+” when it came to dam safety.

Nevada has more than 250 regulated dams, according to the report, with 25 percent considered having a high hazard potential. This means if the dams fail the ASCE says it would lead to loss of life and significant damage to homes and roads in the area.

According to the report, the main problem is that not enough money was available to help solve the problem as Nevada did not increase its dam safety budget from 2014 to 2018.

An increase would allow for more assessment and maintenance activities on the existing dams.

A full copy of the report is available here.