According to the latest analysis from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), infrastructure in the U.S. gets a cumulative GPA of D+ and needs $3.6 trillion in investment, which will not only raise the grade but “create jobs and improve our quality of life.”
While the grade is a slight improvement from the D it received from the last report card in 2009, America’s infrastructure grades have received near failing marks since 1998, according to ASCE analyses.
“A D+ is simply unacceptable for anyone serious about strengthening our nation’s economy,” said ASCE President Gregory E. DiLoreto.
But “the reason why we want to make improvements to our infrastructure is not just simply to improve the grade,” explained DiLoreto. “Investment in our infrastructure will help grow our economy; it will create jobs and improve our quality of life. It means being able to get to work easier without sitting in traffic all day long; and continuing to enjoy safe, clean and reliable drinking water anywhere in the country; and having an electrical transmission grid with fewer or no blackouts.”
Here are the grades for the 16 categories the group analyzed:
|Bridges||C+||Public Parks and Recreation||C-|
|Hazardous Waste||D||Solid Waste||B-|
“If we want to create jobs, increase trade, and assure the safety of our children, then infrastructure investment is the answer,” stated DiLoreto.
One group that has recognized the need for investment in these categories is the Congressional Progressive Caucus, whose Back to Work Budget “substantially increases infrastructure investment to the level the American Society of Civil Engineers says is necessary to close our infrastructure needs gap.”
SOURCE: COMMON DREAMS http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/03/19-4