Civil engineers give US infrastructure a D+ rating

By |  March 14, 2017
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Photo credit: amira_a via Foter.com / CC BY

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave U.S. infrastructure a D+ grade.

ASCE released its report card during ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017, the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) reports.

Sixteen categories of infrastructure were graded in the report card. The United States’ transit received the worst grade, a D-, while its railways earned the highest grade, a B. Aviation, dams and roads received D grades, and bridges and ports earned C+ grades.

“This has to be a wake-up call for Congress,” says Mike Johnson, president and CEO of NSSGA. “Our families and friends are using dangerously old roads, highways and bridges every day. We hope that Congress and the president take this report seriously and make a significant investment in America’s infrastructure, because doing so creates jobs, builds up our economy and makes our transportation network safe.”

President Trump has promised a $1 trillion investment in infrastructure over the next decade. Despite this, ASCE estimates $4.59 trillion is needed to improve infrastructure to a good level by 2025.

Allison Barwacz

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Allison Barwacz is the senior digital media content producer for North Coast Media (NCM). She completed her undergraduate degree at Ohio University where she received a Bachelor of Science in magazine journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. She works across a number of digital platforms, which include creating e-newsletters, writing articles and posting across social media sites. She also creates content for NCM's Portable Plants magazine, GPS World magazine and Geospatial Solutions. Her understanding of the ever-changing digital media world allows her to quickly grasp what a target audience desires and create content that is appealing and relevant for any client across any platform.

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