Dear ASCE Member,
Today, the American Society of Civil Engineers issued its latest Report Card for Americaís Infrastructure, the fourth since 1998. Never has the need for infrastructure investment received such national attention as it is now in the context of stimulating our economy. Recognizing the importance of informing and contributing to this discussion in a timely manner, we made the decision to release the key components of our 2009 Report Card two months ahead of schedule. Today ASCE released the grades for 15 categories of infrastructure, solutions for improvement, and a five year investment need figure.
The overall grade for the nationís infrastructure is again a D and the cost to bring it up to good condition has risen to $2.2 trillion. In more than a decade, the United States has made no measurable progress in improving either the condition or performance of our roads, bridges, water systems or other vital infrastructure when viewed in aggregate.
Category Grade Aviation
Dams D Drinking Water D- Energy (Electric Power Grid) D+ Hazardous Waste D Inland Waterways D- Levees
Public Parks and Recreation C- Rail C- Roads D- Schools D Solid Waste C+ Transit D Wastewater D-