March 16, 2017
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave the United States a D+ grade on its 2017 Infrastructure Report Card that was released during the 2017 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) Annual Convention at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017.
“This has to be a wake-up call for Congress,” says Michael W. Johnson, NSSGA president and CEO, in a press release. “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 infrastructure investment over the next decade, but the ASCE estimates that $4.59 trillion is needed to bring our infrastructure up to a good level by 2025. If current spending levels outlined in the FAST Act hold steady, the country will still fall short of that amount by $2 trillion.
The report card graded 16 categories of infrastructure. U.S. transit received a D-, the worst grade; railroads earned a B, the highest grade; aviation, dams, and roads all received a D; while bridges and ports received a C+.
The entire 2017 Infrastructure Report Card is available at www.infrastructurereportcard.org.