The Birmingham Section started 2015 with a political reception at the Murray Building Co. jobsite at the old Merita Bread Bakery. More than 150 members were in attendance with city and state officials. Everyone enjoyed a tour of the site as well as barbecue from Joe McNabb and Hendrix Chevrolet.

State’s Infrastructure Grades Poorly

Alabama’s infrastructure graded a C- in a recent study by the American Society of Civil Engineers, said the ASCE’s Shelia Montgomery-Mills during a report to the Birmingham Section of the Alabama AGC.

Alabama’s civil engineers studied 11 infrastructure categories and of those, only four are in good condition. Six categories range from mediocre to poor and one category – dams -- lacked enough information for a grade to be determined. Only an estimated 2 percent of all known dams in Alabama are being inspected for safety, maintained and have emergency action plans in place for use in the case of a failure.

The state’s roads, inland waterways and public transportation all graded as poor.

“The good news is there are solutions to all these challenges, and we can raise Alabama’s infrastructure grades,” Montgomery-Mills said.

Follow the link to Alabama infrastructure details: Alabama Infrastructure Study