Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Report Card for America’s Infrastructure depicts the condition and performance of American infrastructure in the familiar form of a school report card—assigning letter grades based on the physical condition and needed investments for improvement.
The 2013 Report Card grades show we have a significant backlog of overdue maintenance across our infrastructure systems, a pressing need for modernization, and an immense opportunity to create reliable, long-term funding, but they also show that we can improve the current condition of our nation’s infrastructure — when investments are made and projects move forward, the grades rise.
A: Exceptional, B: Good, C: Mediocre, D: Poor, F: Failing
Each category was evaluated on the basis of capacity, condition, funding, future need, operation and maintenance, public safety, resilience, and innovationExplore all the national infrastructure grades
Our nation’s infrastructure problems are solvable if we have leadership and commit to making good ideas a a reality. Raising the grades on our infrastructure will require that we seek and adopt a wide range of solutions.
ASCE has developed three key solutions to begin raising the grades:
American infrastructure needs bold leadership and a compelling vision at the national level.
Sustainability, resiliency, and ongoing maintenance must be an integral part of improving the nation’s infrastructure. Today’s transportation systems and flood control systems must be able to withstand both current and future challenges.
While infrastructure investment must be increased at all levels, it must also be prioritized and executed according to plans that both complement the national vision and focus on system-wide outputs.
Take a deeper look at the nation’s infrastructure conditions in the 2013 Report Card – from the state infrastructure facts, to the interactive charts, to our three key solutions.
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