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Public Infrastructure in Massachusetts, Costs, Strategies, and Funding

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Public Infrastructure in Massachusetts, Costs, Strategies, and Funding
Peter A. Richardson, Green International Affiliates, ASCE

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Public Infrastructure in Massachusetts, Costs, Strategies, and Funding

  1. 1. Peter A. Richardson, P.E., LEED AP, CFMVice President, Green International Affiliates, Inc.President-Elect, Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section/ASCEPublic Infrastructure in MassachusettsCosts, Strategies, and Funding
  2. 2. Presentation Outline• Infrastructure Funding Challenges at the National,State, and Local Levels.• What are the Consequences if we “Fail to Act” anddon’t invest properly in infrastructure?• Strategies that can be employed to improve ourinfrastructure.• Questions and Discussion.
  3. 3. Infrastructure Challenges at theNational, State and Local Levels
  4. 4. At the National LevelIn 2009, ASCE gave the nation’sinfrastructure a cumulative gradeof D, citing a total need of $2.2Trillion over the next 5 years.http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/
  5. 5. At the National Level
  6. 6. At the National Level
  7. 7. {At the National Level
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  9. 9. {At the State LevelUpdated in 2012, Raising theGrade in Massachusettsfocuses attention on the stateof our infrastructure. Its mainpurpose is to educate thegeneral public and ourlegislators as to theimportance of designing,maintaining, and fundingour infrastructure in asustainable manner.
  10. 10. At the State Level• In 2007, MA Transportation Finance Commission Study estimated afunding gap of $15 to $20 Billion over the next 20 yearshttp://www.eot.state.ma.us/downloads/tfc/TFC_Findings.pdf• In 2011, the Sate Auditor reported that $60 million is needed to address100 publically owned dams in unsafe/poor condition. MA hasapproximately 2,900 private and publically owned damshttp://www.engineers.org/tec/file/DLM%20Dam%20Safety%20Report%20(3).pdf• In 2012, the Massachusetts Water Infrastructure Finance Commissionidentified a total 20 year funding gap of $39.4 Billion for waterinfrastructure as follows: Drinking water $10.2 Billion; Clean water$11.2 Billion; and Stormwater $18 Billionhttp://www.senatoreldridge.com/legislation/wifc/wifc-committee-resources
  11. 11. At the Local Level• Decreases in State Aid• Unfunded Federal Mandates (i.e. NPDES)• Lack of Capital Improvement Plans and Asset ManagementStrategies• Lack of State and/or Regional Infrastructure Plans• Deferred Maintenance• No political will to raise taxes, fees and/or rates• True cost to deliver services not completely understood• Misguided priorities; residents “don’t like” when theircable bill goes up, but they are “outraged” whenwater/sewer rates go up
  12. 12. How Much Investment is Enough?• The US invests approximately 2.4% of its GDP oninfrastructure, while Europe invests approximately 5% andChina invests nearly 10%.• Can we really expect to remain competitive in a worldeconomy if don’t invest more in our infrastructure?• The need to fund our infrastructure in a sustainable manneris an issue that all political parties should support.
  13. 13. http://www.asce.org/failuretoact/What if we “Fail to Act”?
  14. 14.  Facilities in poor condition cause: Damage to vehicles Detours and wasted time Increased maintenance costs Decreased reliability causes: Longer travel time for on-time arrivals and deliveries Environmental and safety costs from: Wasted energy Higher emissions Exposure to public health risksThe Costs
  15. 15. Impacts from not Adequately Funding Transportation
  16. 16. Impacts from not Adequately Funding Water Infrastructure
  17. 17. Impacts from not Adequately Funding Electrical Infrastructure
  18. 18. Strategies that can be Employed toImprove our Infrastructure
  19. 19. ASCE’s Five Key Solutionsat the National Level1. Increase federal leadership2. Promote sustainability & resilience toprotect the natural environment3. Develop national, regional and stateinfrastructure plans4. Address life-cycle costs and ongoingmaintenance5. Increase & improve investment from allstakeholders
  20. 20. Action Steps at the State Level
  21. 21. Action Steps at the Local Level• Get Sustainable (using the triple bottom line)• Investigate New Technologies• Look at alternative procurement methods• Form Public Private Partnerships (P3)• Use Qualification Based Selection• Create dedicated maintenance accounts• Develop Capital Improvement Plans (CIP’s)• Develop Asset Management Programs• Create Stormwater Utilities• Use the Pareto Principle and Prioritize!
  22. 22. Action Steps at the Association Level• Educate our members and the public• Work with other groups and form coalitions• Support Lawmakers who support infrastructure• Engage the media
  23. 23. ? Questions ?

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