April 16, 2021

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Civil engineers give D- to infrastructure in Puerto Rico

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE, in English) rated the infrastructure on the Island D- (A is the maximum and F the minimum) and warns that many can collapse if no action is taken.

"This rating implies that our systems have reached the end of their useful life, are not fit for purpose and represent a danger of collapse if the necessary measures are not taken" said this Wednesday Héctor J. Colón De La Cruz, president of the Puerto Rico chapter of the ASCE .

This organization revealed this Wednesday the report Infrastructure Report Card which includes the notes for each area of ​​infrastructure on the island, the specific problems, and the actions necessary to serve as a guide for the sustainable construction of the infrastructure of Puerto Rico.

“This document also included associated coststo the investment required, implications of inaction and recommendations to improve infrastructure in the long term. Puerto Rico must spend 3.5 percent of its GDP on infrastructure creation and maintenance and it is not even remotely at that figure, "explained Colón.

The study analyzes eight categories of infrastructure and public investment.

According to the ASCE, Puerto Rico is highly susceptible to a humanitarian crisis by combining a series of factors that continue to accumulate.

“We need good sustainable resource management and forceful action since our systems cannot take it anymore. To add to this precarious picture, we know that FEMA recently sent a letter to Governor Wanda Vázquez denouncing that Puerto Rico "is not well prepared nor does it have the ability to respond to and handle a major event." This is the perfect storm if it is not attended to quickly. "added Colón de la Cruz.

The report is published every four years, evaluating the infrastructure of the United States and objectively analyzing 16 categories of infrastructure based on its performance in capacity, operation and maintenance, resilience and other fundamental infrastructure pillars.

ASCE is the oldest engineering organization in the world and is made up of 150,000 members distributed in more than 170 countries.

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