Our country’s infrastructure received a nearly-failing D+ grade from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The report card was released as the aggregates and construction industries gathered in Las Vegas for the 2017 NSSGA Annual Convention and CONEXPO-CON/AGG.
“This has to be a wake-up call for Congress. Our families and friends are using dangerously old roads, highways and bridges every day,” said Michael W. Johnson, NSSGA president and CEO. “We hope that Congress and the president take this report seriously and make a significant investment in America’s infrastructure, because doing so creates jobs, builds up our economy and makes our transportation network safe.”
President Trump has promised a $1 trillion investment in infrastructure over the next decade, but the ASCE estimates that $4.59 trillion is needed to improve infrastructure to a good level by 2025. If the current spending levels outlined in the FAST Act hold steady, the country will still fall short of that figure by $2 trillion.
Sixteen categories of infrastructure were graded in the report card. America’s transit had the worst grade, a D-, and railways earned a B, the highest on the report card.
Aviation, dams and roads all received D grades, and bridges and ports each earned C+ grades.
Read the report card at www.infrastructurereportcard.org/.