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America’s Infrastructure Scores a D+

Parul Dubey on March 14, 2017 - in Featured, News

American Society of Civil Engineers released its sixth quadrennial Infrastructure Report Card, which gave the US a D+ across 16 categories, meaning the country’s infrastructure is “poor” and “at risk.” The country must spend $4.59 trillion by 2025 to get the infrastructure where it needs to be, ASCE estimates.

Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Report Card for America’s Infrastructure depicts the condition and performance of American infrastructure in the familiar form of a school report  card—assigning letter grades based on the physical condition and needed investments for improvement.

The 2017 Infrastructure Report Card reveals that we have made some incremental progress toward restoring our nation’s infrastructure. But it has not been enough. As in 2013, America’s cumulative GPA is once again a D+.

The 2017 grades range from a B for Rail to a D- for Transit, illustrating the clear impact of investment – or lack thereof – on the grades. Three categories – Parks, Solid Waste, and Transit – received a decline in grade this year, while seven – Hazardous Waste, Inland Waterways, Levees, Ports, Rail, Schools, and Wastewater – saw slight improvements. Six categories’ grades remain unchanged from 2013 – Aviation, Bridges, Dams, Drinking Water, Energy, and Roads.

The areas of infrastructure that improved benefited from vocal leadership, thoughtful policymaking, and investments that garnered results. These improvements demonstrate what can be accomplished when solutions that move projects forward are approved and implemented.

ASCE’s 2021 American Infrastructure Report Card | GPA: C-




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