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ASCE breaks down American infrastructure, rates it “poor”
Posted By Amanda Bayhi On July 17, 2013 @ 1:15 pm In News & Analysis | No Comments
Earlier this year, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave American infrastructure a D+ on its 2013 Report Card.
According to ASCE’s grading system, a D+ means the infrastructure is “poor.” ASCE evaluates infrastructure by categories, basing grades on capacity, condition, funding, future need, operation and maintenance, public safety and resilience.
Here is a quick breakdown of America’s infrastructure grades:
Aviation: D (poor)
Bridges: C+ (mediocre)
Dams: D (poor)
Drinking Water: D (poor)
Energy: D+ (poor)
Hazardous Waste: D (poor)
Inland Waterways: D- (poor)
Levees: D- (poor)
Ports: C (mediocre)
Public Parks and Recreation: C- (mediocre)
Rail: C+ (mediocre)
Roads: D (poor)
Schools: D (poor)
Solid Waste: B- (good)
Transit: D (poor)
Wastewater: D (poor)
ASCE estimates $3.6 trillion dollars will need to be invested in American infrastructure by 2020 to “maintain a state of good repair” (at which point the system would receive a grade of B). That would mean investing $454 billion (in current dollars) yearly. But ASCE estimates $253 will be invested yearly, creating a $201 billion dollar gap.
For more information about ASCE’s 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, visit infrastructurereportcard.org.
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