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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

(Photo: ASCE) [1]

(Photo: ASCE [2])

Earlier this year [3], 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.

View the full report card here [4], or get the smartphone app from Google Play [5] or iTunes [6].

For more information about ASCE’s 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, visit infrastructurereportcard.org. [7]

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[1] Image: http://www.equipmentworld.com/files/2013/07/Screen-Shot-2013-07-17-at-12.59.02-PM.png

[2] ASCE: http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/a/#e/overview-video

[3] Earlier this year: http://www.equipmentworld.com/u-s-infrastructure-headed-toward-1-6-trillion-deficit-in-2020-asce-says/

[4] View the full report card here: http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/a/#p/home

[5] Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ASCE.ASCEInfrastructureReportCard2013

[6] iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/2013-report-card-for-americas/id603625735?ls=1&mt=8

[7] infrastructurereportcard.org.: http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org

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