March 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) today released its
Card for America's Infrastructure, a comprehensive assessment of the nation's infrastructure across 16 sectors. Updated once every four years, this year's Report Card found that America's cumulative GPA for infrastructure rose slightly to a D+ from a D in 2009. The Report Card estimates total
investment needs at
$3.6 trillion by 2020 across all 16 sectors, leaving a funding shortfall of
$1.6 trillion based on current funding levels.
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The grades in 2013 range from a high of B- for
solid waste infrastructure to a low of D- for
inland waterways and
levees. None of the categories received a lower grade than in 2009, however near-failing grades continue to be seen in numerous sectors that are crucial to the economy and Americans' quality of life.
Encouraging trends were found in sectors where focused investments were made. Six sectors (
rail) each experienced incremental improvements since the last assessment. America's rail sector saw the largest improvement, moving from a C- to a C+.
TRENDS CONTRIBUTING TO RISING GRADES
Key trends driving improvements included:
- Renewed efforts in cities and states to address deficient roads, bridges, drinking water, and wastewater systems;
- Private investment for efficiency and connectivity brought improvements in the nation's railways, ports, and energy grid;
- Several categories benefited from short-term boosts in federal funding.
"A D+ is simply unacceptable for anyone serious about strengthening our nation's economy; however, the 2013 Report Card shows that this problem can be solved. If we want to create jobs, increase trade, and assure the safety of our children, then infrastructure investment is the answer," said
ASCE President Gregory E. DiLoreto,
For the first time, the 2013 Report Card includes information for all
and highlights initiatives and innovations that are making a difference. For example,
created a plan to replace or rehabilitate over 950 structurally deficient bridges between 2013 and 2020.
implemented a program to improve resiliency and address combined sewer overflows using green infrastructure, capable of capturing water from all but the most severe storms.
"We must commit today to investing in modern, efficient infrastructure systems to position the U.S. for economic prosperity,"
. "Infrastructure can either be the engine for long-term economic growth and employment, or, it can jeopardize our nation's standing if poor roads, deficient bridges, and failing waterways continue to hurt our economy."
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NEW DIGITAL APP ENHANCES REPORT CARD CONTENT
For the first time, the Report Card is available as a digital application that includes
state by state data
, and other multimedia tools. Available for download from
, the app is supported across all major platforms and devices. It is also accessible online at
and is supported across all major platforms and devices.
OUT THE ASCE REPORT CARD
Using a simple A to F school report card format, the Report Card provides a comprehensive assessment of current infrastructure conditions and needs, both assigning grades and making
for how to raise them. An
of leading civil engineers appointed by ASCE assigns the grades according to the following eight criteria: capacity, condition, funding, future need, operation and maintenance, public safety, resilience, and innovation. Since 1998, the grades have been near failing, averaging only Ds, due to delayed maintenance and underinvestment across most categories.
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