Collapsed Freeways after 1971 earthquake in San Fernando, CA (photo by R.E. Wallace)
The American Society of Civil Engineers recently released its first U.S. Infrastructure Report Card since 2005. The report reviews 15 categories of infrastructure and finds an infrastructure that is poorly maintained, unable to meet current and future demands, and in some cases, unsafe. Since the last Report Card in 2005, the grades have not improved. ASCE estimates the nation still stands at a D average. Deteriorating conditions and inflation have added hundreds of billions to the total cost of repairs and needed upgrades. ASCE’s current estimate is $2.2 trillion, up from $1.6 trillion in 2005.
Read more here:America’s Infrastructure Earns “D” GPA for 2009
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