New York City's Infrastructure

Streets & HighwaysD-C Performance rated near failure as volume exceeds the capacity of many streets. The condition assessment is better as streets get resurfaced and potholes are repaired fairly efficiently.
BridgesD-D Slightest accident causes chaos as volume exceeds capacity. Lack of preventive maintenance leads to premature deterioration and emergency repairs.
Mass TransitC-C Mass transit built without vision by independent businesses in competition. Can be merged with only 25 miles of new track.
LaGuardiaCBContinual maintenance enhances performance compromised by lack of access, high volume and airside vulnerability to weather.
JFKFD1950s construction hinders attempts to improve operations; performance will remain at F until travel to airport and airside operations improve.
NewarkAAExcellent performance; condition constantly being improved.
Water Supply:
AquaductsABVisionary planning made full use of great asset in need of further protection.
Water MainsBC400% increase in breaks projected by 2050 as aging pipes come under more and more stress.
CollectionABLong-lasting system performs well.
TreatmentDC Raw sewage runs into harbor and surrounding waters during storms; investment required.
Sludge DisposalFDCurrent technologies inadequate; long-range prospects not technically, economically nor environmentally sound.
Waste Disposal:
Solid WasteFFDespite impact of recycling and public awareness, no plans exist for this overwhelming problem.
Dredged MaterialFFPolitical nightmare to approve alternatives to impending close of mud dump.

These ratings are part of the draft document, The Policymakers' Guide to the New York Region Common Market Vital Systems, to be discussed and revised at Columbia University's "Construction Industry Colloquium on Infrastructure: Future Directions for Policy, Technology and Finance." (June 3, 1996)