Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - May/June 2017 - 39
America Gets a D+
OUR COUNTRY'S INFRASTRUCTURE received a nearly-failing D+ grade from
the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), released March 7, 2017.
"This has to be a wake-up call for Congress. Our families and friends are
using dangerously old roads, highways and bridges every day," said Michael W.
Johnson, NSSGA president and CEO. "We hope that Congress and the president
take this report seriously and make a significant investment in America's
infrastructure, because doing so creates jobs, builds up our economy and makes
our transportation network safe."
President Trump has promised a $1 trillion investment in infrastructure
over the next decade, but the ASCE estimates that $4.59 trillion is needed to
improve infrastructure to a good level by 2025. If the current spending levels
outlined in the FAST Act hold steady, the country will still fall short of that
figure by $2 trillion.
Sixteen categories of infrastructure were graded in the report card. America's
transit had the worst grade, a D-, and railways earned a B, the highest on the
report card. Aviation, dams and roads all received D grades, and bridges and
ports each earned C+ grades.
Greg DiLoreto, P.E., a past ASCE president and the current chair of the ASCE
Committee on America's Infrastructure, which prepared the Report Card, said
that while Congress and states made slight improvements to infrastructure,
it has not been enough.
"Our infrastructure bill is overdue and our inaction is costing American's
$3,400 per year in lost disposal income," he said. "To see real progress, we
need to make long-term infrastructure investment a priority. Investing now
will create economic opportunity, enhance quality of life, and ensure public
health and safety."
Read the report card at www.infrastructurereportcard.org.
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