The Civil Engineers Association (ASCE) have Released a Report Card for America’s Infrastructure – The report examines and evaluates the current state of the country’s roads, bridges, aviation systems, drinking water, schools and more, including, for the first time, an evaluation of the nation’s levees. The Report Card is an assessment by professional engineers of the nation’s status in 15 categories of infrastructure. In 2009, all signs point to an infrastructure that is poorly maintained, unable to meet current and future demands, and in some cases, unsafe. Since the last Report Card in 2005, the grades have not improved. ASCE estimates the nation still stands at a D average. Deteriorating conditions and inflation have added hundreds of billions to the total cost of repairs and needed upgrades. ASCE’s current estimate is $2.2 trillion, up from $1.6 trillion in 2005.
From the report… 2009 Grades include:
Drinking Water D-
Hazardous Waste D
Inland Waterways D-
Public Parks & Recreation C-
Solid Waste C+
Of concern from the report… “Crumbling Infrastructure Cannot Support a Healthy Economy… America’s infrastructure is in dire need of proper, sustained attention” See http://www.asce.org/reportcard/2009/index.html