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Arizona ranks in top-half of states with most hazardous infrastructure

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PHOENIX — In a study done by 24/7 Wall St., Arizona ranked in the top half of states in the country for having the most hazardous infrastructure.

Creating an index that took into account roads in poor condition, bridges classified as structurally deficient and dams at high hazard risk, all the states were ranked.

Arizona finished at No. 15.

It has the eighth-highest amount of dams at high hazard risk with 44.5 percent, while its deficient bridges are only at 2.6 percent, the fourth-lowest. The number of roads that are in poor condition checked in at 3.9 percent, which is the ninth-lowest. Finally, the total percentage of spending used on highways was at 5.5 percent, 20th-lowest.

The support needed is high, but not coming soon, according to 24/7 Wall St.

While President Donald Trump previously proposed spending $1 trillion on fixing the country’s infrastructure, he recently abandoned his plans to form a Council on Infrastructure.

The estimated cost of repairing roads, bridges, and dams in the United States is projected to top $2.4 trillion by 2025. Other necessary infrastructure repairs, including railways, airports, and wastewater infrastructure would cost an additional $2.2 trillion.

The five states in the worst shape were Hawaii, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, in that order. Those states in the northeast have the incredible challenge of maintaining their infrastructure because of the colder climates freezing and thawing asphalt, causing it to crack and crumble.

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