Infrastructure Report Card

Abstract: Oregon’s Infrastructure Gets a C -
After an extensive two-year effort, the Oregon Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), has completed its review of Oregon’s infrastructure. Contacting over 120 engineers, public works officials and industry experts, as well as extensively researching available data, ASCE has examined Oregon’s Infrastructure. Oregon gets a C-. Here’s why:

Aviation – D
Bridges and Roads – C-
Dams and Levees – C
Drinking Water and Wastewater – D
Energy gets – C
Navigable Waterways – B-
Rail – C
Solid Waste – B
Transit – C-

ASCE Report Card

ASCE Oregon has 8 major recommendations for Oregon including:

1. Wringing the maximum efficiency out of the existing infrastructure corridors
2. Promoting sustainable solutions for infrastructure rehabilitation
3. Investing additional resources in research and development for more efficient rehabilitation methodologies
4. Promoting land-use patterns and infrastructure that reduce per-capita use of infrastructure
5. Increasing development of infrastructure management systems to prioritize lower cost rehabilitation over high cost replacement
6. Exploring and developing innovative infrastructure funding and increasing leadership at all levels of government
7. Increasing research in cost and schedule management to provide greater confidence in budgets and delivery dates
8. Assessing infrastructure rehabilitation in a systematic approach.


Chris Steinbrecher

Mr. Steinbrecher is an expert in the project management, design and construction of the infrastructure necessary to support public and private development, energy projects, and transportation. He has been involved in the design and construction of major projects in many parts of the country, including Washington, D.C., Georgia, Colorado, Nebraska, California, Alaska, Washington and Oregon. A licensed engineer, he earned an MS from the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Construction Management Program and a BS from the University of Maryland’s undergraduate Civil Engineering Program. He remains active professionally and is Chair of the State of Oregon’s ASCE Infrastructure Review Committee. Prior to forming and operating Ukiah Engineering, Inc. in Portland, Oregon, he worked for Kiewit, Red Lion Inns and was the Chief Engineer for the Portland Development Commission.

Chris is also active in a number of community organizations including schools and youth programs. He has delivered lectures at PCC and PSU and seminars on project management for the Lorman Group and Seminars NW LLC. His Concept to Completion column in the Portland Daily Journal of Commerce comments on engineering and construction issues of the day.