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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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  • This Week in Infrastructure: Get Noisier!
  • 08/08/14
  • After Congress hit the snooze button on fixing the Highway Trust Fund last week, Transportation Secretary Foxx asked Americans to “get a little noisier” on the issue. You can take Sec. Foxx up on his...Read More >>

  • Missourians Reject Sales Tax for Infrastructure
  • 08/06/14
  • On August 5 Missouri voters defeated a measure that would have established a dedicated infrastructure fund from revenue earned through three-quarters of a cent sales tax increase.  Constitutional Amendment 7 was dismissed in a 59%...Read More >>