Friday, April 05, 2013

America improves its infrastructure. Slightly.

Infrastructure 

D (for dilapidated) plus 

Slightly better roads and railways, but don’t live near a dam 

Apr 6th 2013 | CHICAGO |From the print edition

EVERY four years the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) issues a “national report card” grading the country on the maintenance and modernisation of its infrastructure. This year, for the first time since 1998, the grade has risen from a miserable D to a slightly less awful D+, thanks to increased spending in six of the 16 categories measured: bridges, drinking water, railways, roads, solid waste and waste water. Other areas, such as aviation and dams, kept the grades they received in the previous report card in 2009. Overall, ASCE thinks America will need to invest $3.6 trillion in infrastructure by 2020. [More...]