Yesterday, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released its quadrennial Infrastructure Report Card, giving the United States an underwhelming and worrisome grade of D+ (the same grade given in 2016) after assessing the conditions of the country’s 16 existing infrastructure categories, including roads, bridges, levees, and potable water.
That hair distance from a failing grade reflects the poor conditions of public structures throughout the country. The D+ comes after President Donald Trump’s Feb. 28 joint address to the Congress in which he stated that he would push for the approval of legislation that would lead to a $1 trillion investment in United States infrastructure. However, according to the ASCE Report Card, the U.S. needs a heftier $4.6 trillion in order to fix the nation’s dams, airports, roads, and water and electrical systems.
The 28 civil engineers from across the country who assigned the final grade take into account capacity, condition, funding, future need, operation and maintenance, public safety, and innovation, as well as the resilience of existing infrastructure.