The Utah Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) will unveil its preliminary findings from the 2020 Report Card for Utah’s Infrastructure tomorrow, Dec. 16, 2020, through a virtual news conference. The full report will be released in early January 2021 and will be accessible on the state’s Report Card page, which currently hosts the Section’s 2015 report. The report analyzes 12 infrastructure categories pertinent to Utah: aviation, bridges, canals, dams, drinking water, hazardous waste, levees, solid waste, stormwater, roads, transit and wastewater. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing risks of holding large gatherings, ASCE’s Utah Section is holding the event virtually. The event is open to the public and will be accepting questions from the press.
Utah is home to some of the most stunning landscapes in the nation, which may contribute to its surging population growth, the highest percentage of any state. However, this population growth and awe-inspiring geography puts strain on the state’s infrastructure systems. Systems built decades ago weren’t prepared for surging demands, and water pipelines must cross long distances from mountainsides to Salt Lake City residents and are threatened by seismic activity along the Wasatch Fault Zone. Despite these challenges, Utah has remained committed to improving the condition and resilience of existing and future structures. This report will help citizens and decision-makers understand how Utah’s infrastructure is faring and what can be done to modernize its systems.
WHAT: News Conference on the 2020 Report Card for Utah’s Infrastructure
WHEN: Wednesday, December 16, 2020, 10:00 a.m. MST
WHO: American Society of Civil Engineers:
Representative Kay Christofferson (District 56)
K. N. Gunalan “Guna,” P.E., Ph.D., past-president, ASCE
Darren Burton, P.E., president-elect, ASCE Utah Section
Craig Friant, P.E., past-president, ASCE Utah Section