The final grades are in, and Illinois gets a C-minus for its infrastructure.
That’s according to the Illinois Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
The group graded the state on everything from roads to drinking water.
The last time the report was released was 2018, and Illinois was handed the same score. However, there were some improvements. Roads and transit went from a D to D-plus, dams went from C to C-plus and inland waterways from D-minus to D.
“We’ve seen significant investment through the Rebuild Illinois Capital Plan and also in the federal infrastructure investment jobs, which led to some significant investment here in Illinois,” said Andrew Walton, president of the Illinois Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Erik Varela, executive director of the Illinois International Port District, credits the improved grade in inland waterways to some of that funding.
“For 70 years, Illinois International Port District has been moving the commodities and bringing these commodities and building the infrastructure: the cement, the steel, the iron, the sand—all those things that we need to improve the infrastructure come through the port,” Varela said.