U.S. Infrastructure Fails on Report Card, Can’t Support Economy

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Ummm, DRINKING WATER GOT A D-!!! Are you serious? I thought this was the world’s leading nation we’re talking about. Schools are at a “D”, as well as Wastewater. Well, I guess that explains the correlation between a clean environment and intelligent young people, lol.

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released its 2009 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, and it earned a great big D GRADE! The nation’s infrastructure now requires a five-year investment of $2.2 trillion from all levels of government and the private sector. ASCE’s last assessed the U.S. infrastructure in 2005, and there has been little change in the condition of the nation’s roads, bridges, drinking water systems and other public works. So at this point the cost of improvement has increased by more than half a trillion dollars. What the hell! Another $500 Billion added on JUST because of the slack-ass response time.

Ok, so President Obama has vowed to “rebuild the nation” in the U.S. This is a prime opportunity for businesses and entrepreneurial minds to step in, and be a crucial part of this process. The situation is so terrible right now, that the normal routine of “bidding discrimination” and other assorted “Red Tape” issues SHOULD be an afterthought. RESULTS need to be achieved, the excessive paperwork and policy BS needs to take a back seat at least temporarily, so that the country can be in better standings in years to come.

“Crumbling infrastructure has a direct impact on our personal and economic health, and the nation’s infrastructure crisis is endangering our future prosperity,” said ASCE president D. Wayne Klotz, P.E., F.ASCE. “Our leaders are looking for solutions to the nation’s current economic crisis. Not only could investment in these critical foundations have a positive impact, but if done responsibly, it would also provide tangible benefits to the American people, such as reduced traffic congestion, improved air quality, clean and abundant water supplies and protection against natural hazards.”

Well, this is a dose of cold hard facts that COULD be used to turn things around for the better. In any event, here’s the official breakdown of the Grades:

* Aviation = D (down from a D+)
* Bridges = C (no change)
* Dams = D (no change)
* Drinking Water = D- (no change)
* Energy = D+ (up from a D)
* Hazardous Waste = D (no change)
* Inland Waterways = D (no change, previous listed a Navigable Waterways)
* Levees = D- (new category)
* Public Parks and Recreation = C- (no change)
* Rail = C- (no change)
* Roads = D- (down from D)
* Schools = D (no change)
* Solid Waste = C+ (no change)
* Transit = D (down from D+)
* Wastewater = D- (no change)

Ummm, DRINKING WATER GOT A D-!!! Are you serious? I thought this was the world’s leading nation we’re talking about. Schools are at a “D”, as well as Wastewater. Well, I guess that explains the correlation between a clean environment and intelligent young people, lol.

The Report Card also offers five key solutions for raising the nation’s infrastructure GPA. These include:

* Increasing federal leadership in infrastructure,
* Promoting sustainability and resilience,
* Developing federal, state and regional infrastructure plans,
* Addressing life-cycle costs and ongoing maintenance and
* Increasing and improving infrastructure investment from all stakeholders.

So long story short, America has to step it up a bit… at least for it’s citizens sake.

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Report Card from ASCE @ www.asce.org/reportcard

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