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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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  • Michigan Must Say Yes to Safer Roads
  • 04/08/15
  • 12 Mile Road in Farmington Hills is pothole-laden for miles.In Michigan, a common saying is “there are two seasons: winter and road construction.” Rough winters and underinvestment for the past 50 years have led the Great Lakes state to have some of the worst...Read More >>

  • Transportation Knows Neither Red Nor Blue
  • 04/03/15
  • Truthout.orgWith the Grow America Act gaining national attention and an increasing number of states raising their gas tax, our nation’s infrastructure funding needs are being addressed more intentionally. However, with the federal surface transportation bill...Read More >>

  • It’s Time Again to GROW America
  • 04/01/15
  • During a recent interview with Politico’s Mike Allen, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx noted that the nation’s transportation system is “in a huge ditch.” Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) unveiled its idea...Read More >>

  • ASCE Members Meet With US Lawmakers
  • 03/30/15
  • Congressman Earl Blumenauer with ASCE President Bob Stevens, PhD,PE (Photo Credit: David Hathcox)“Let’s win this for our country,” proclaimed ASCE President Robert D. Stevens, PhD, PE to a room of nearly 200 ASCE members who descended on the nation’s capital to encourage members of Congress to fix...Read More >>

  • Two Year Anniversary of the Report Card
  • 03/27/15
  • 2013 Report Card LogoTwo years ago this month, we released our 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure. Our nation’s D+ infrastructure grade is critical to share as we advocate for infrastructure investment, especially given the Highway Trust Fund...Read More >>

  • States Stepping Up
  • 03/24/15
  • A growing number of states are taking action during their legislative sessions to increase investment in transportation. This trend is in vogue for several reasons. First, many states that have taken action have done so...Read More >>

  • Ice Cream Funding for Roads
  • 03/20/15
  • Photo Credit: Chris UKWith spring approaching and our nation’s roads baring the battle scars of another rough winter, the dialogue surrounding the Highway trust Fund and need for a sustainable transportation solution is accelerating at the federal level...Read More >>

  • Budgets Represent Priorities
  • 03/19/15
  •   This week the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate majorities unveiled their fiscal year 2016 (FY16) budgets. Traditionally, passing a budget in Congress is a particularly partisan endeavor with most all members...Read More >>

  • Lt Governors Talk Infrastructure Investment
  • 03/19/15
  • Infrastructure investment was a key topic on the agenda at the The National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) annual Federal-State Relations meeting this week in Washington, DC.  ASCE’s Executive Director Tom Smith participated in a panel...Read More >>