Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The U.S. Infrastructure Begs, "May I Be Graded On a Curve, Please?"

The American Society of Civil Engineers has released its 2009 report card on the U.S. infrastructural system.

Drum roll, please: The overall U.S. infrastructure gets a "D" grade. ASCE estimates the United States needs to invest $2.2 trillion over five years to make necessary improvements.

Here's a breakdown of the U.S. infrastructure by grade received:

Aviation (D)
Bridges (C)
Dams (D)
Drinking Water (D-)
Energy (D+)
Hazardous Waste (D)
Inland Waterways (D-)
Levees (D-)
Public Parks and Recreation (C-)
Rail (C-)
Roads (D-)
Schools (D)
Solid Waste (C+)
Transit (D)
Waste water (D-)

The group also grades each state's infrastructure, and you can check out the results here.

On a whim, I checked each state for bridge safety and found 57% of the bridges in Rhode Island are considered "structurally deficient or functionally obsolete." Massachusetts is next on the list with 56% of its bridges in need of repair, followed by Pennsylvania (50%), Hawaii (44%) and New York (42%).

On the other hand, only 13% of Minnesota's bridges are now in desperate need of repair. Maybe the I-35W Bridge collapse in August 2007 has something to do with it?





Scary stuff. Anyway, the report is interesting.

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