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America's GPA: D+
Estimated Investment Needed by 2020:
$3.6 Trillion

Levees  D-

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The nation’s estimated 100,000 miles of levees can be found in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Many of these levees were originally used to protect farmland, and now are increasingly protecting developed communities. The reliability of these levees is unknown in many cases, and the country has yet to establish a National Levee Safety Program. Public safety remains at risk from these aging structures, and the cost to repair or rehabilitate these levees is roughly estimated to be $100 billion by the National Committee on Levee Safety. However, the return on investment is clear – as levees helped in the prevention of more than $141 billion in flood damages in 2011.

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  • Trust Fund Patches Won’t Patch Potholes
  • 05/22/15
  • Photo Credit: Michael LokeJust in time for the start of summer travel and construction season, the Highway Trust Fund received yet another short-term extension this week. Congress has “punted” once again on passing a long-term highway and transit...Read More >>

  • Congress Punts on Highway & Transit Improvements
  • 05/21/15
  •   To use a common football analogy, this week Congress decided to “punt” on finding a long-term highway and transit funding solution and reauthorizing federal surface transportation programs. In football, the purpose of punting is for a...Read More >>

  • Infrastructure Needs Crescendo
  • 05/15/15
  • Photo credit: Keene Public Library and Historical SocietyWith major delays on the DC metro during rush hour, two train derailments, and Arizona’s state report card release, 15 days until the Highway Trust Fund expires, Infrastructure Week highlighted the importance of investing in...Read More >>

  • Happy Infrastructure Week
  • 05/10/15
  • Infrastructure Week is finally upon us. To kick off the week, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx are discussing the economic impact of our country’s deteriorating infrastructure systems at “America on the...Read More >>

  • The Clock Ticks Louder
  • 05/08/15
  • With the end of May approaching and no long-term transportation funding bill on the horizon, a short-term patch will likely be Congress’ next move. If you’re thinking this is de ja vu from last summer,...Read More >>

  • Flat Funding is Flat Outrageous
  • 05/07/15
  • As the deadline to reauthorize the federal surface transportation bill nears, the measure of success for many involved seems to be maintaining the status quo. Last week, leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives began...Read More >>

  • Michigan Back to Square One to Fix Roads
  • 05/06/15
  • On May 5 voters from Detroit to Marquette resoundingly opposed the idea of a change to the state constitution invest in better and safer roads.  In an 80% to 20% vote Michiganders opted to consider...Read More >>