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Jun 19, 2017

National Infrastructure Greatly in Need of Work, Says New Reporter

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The United States has more than $4.5 trillion in immediate infrastructure needs.

That, according to a report just released by the American Society of Civil Engineers, is what it will cost to bring up to speed the nation’s roads, bridges, airports, and dams.

Overall, the Reston, Virginia-based professional organization gave a D+ grade to the current condition of the country’s infrastructure, with the lowest sector grade, D-, going to the nation’s transit system, which the organization said is in need of $90 billion in repairs and upgrades.

The aviation, dams, drinking water, inland waterways, levees, and road sectors, all received D grades, with the organization noting in particular of the final category that nearly a third of urban roads and 14 percent of rural roads require improvement, comprising a $836 million backlog of work.

Only the bridges, ports, rail, and solid waste sectors received passing grades from ASCE, with rails receiving the highest grade, a B. The ASCE report notes that freight railroad companies spent $27 billion in 2015 maintaining and modernizing their systems.

In a statement, Norma Jean Mattei, the president of ASCE, said that while the country’s infrastructure challenges are serious, “they are solvable.”

Referencing President Trump, who made infrastructure improvement a cornerstone of his 2016 presidential bid, Mattei continued: “We need our elected leaders—those who pledged to rebuild our infrastructure while on the campaign trail—to follow through on those promises with investment and innovative solutions that will ensure our infrastructure is built for the future.”

 

By Garry Boulard

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