Infrastructure Report

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has assigned a grade of D to the nation’s infrastructure and warned that $2.2 trillion in repairs and upgrades is needed over the next five years to meet adequate conditions. The 2009 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure shows that since ASCE’s last assessment in 2005, there has been little change in the condition of America’s roads, bridges, drinking water systems and other public works. According to an early Associated Press report on the findings, out of 15 infrastructure categories, three were given lower grades in 2009: aviation and public transit went from D+ to D; while the nation’s roads went from D to D-. A key takeaway from the report is that America’s 100,000 miles of levees have been added as a new area of failing infrastructure. Levees are graded D- with ASCE warning that the risk to the public health and safety from levee failure has increased. The report is timely given renewed attention from the White House, Congress and the public on infrastructure as part of President Barack Obama’s $825 billion economic stimulus package. At last count some $77.7 billion of the $825 billion is assigned to transportation and infrastructure (including highway infrastructure, clean water, transit and water resources).

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