2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure released

ASCE’s analysis finds investment and innovative solutions led to improvements in six sectors since 2009

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The ASCE’s 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure has been released and the results are looking good — slightly. 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. 

An investment of $3.6 trillion by 2020 across the nation’s 16 infrastructure sectors is estimated. Investments have been made since the 2009 assessment in six sectors, including solid waste, drinking water, wastewater, roads, bridges, and rail. 

Key trends that drove those 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,” says ASCE President Gregory E. DiLoreto, P.E. “If we want to create jobs, increase trade, and assure the safety of our children, then infrastructure investment is the answer.” 

The Report Card includes grades for specific infrastructure sectors. Drinking water and wastewater systems both improved slightly to a grade of D. Low grades in these sectors continue due to pipes and mains that are reaching the end of their life cycle and require significant investment, and large capital investment needs for the wastewater and stormwater systems to fix and expand pipes to address sanitary sewer overflows, combined sewer overflows, and other pipe-related issues. 

The 2013 Report Card includes information for all 50 states and highlights initiatives and innovations that are making a difference. 

Visit www.infrastructurereportcard.org to view and download the complete 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure. 


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