Summary of 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure

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2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure summary


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The latest staggering report from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Report Card Advisory Council grades 16 categories of US infrastructure – ranging from aviation to bridges, water treatment to ports – with grades from “B-” to “D-.” The Council finds the infrastructure unimproved during the last 25 years – rating it an overall “C.” ASCE’s projections in some cases stretch 30 years forward. Across all categories, the report finds massive shortfalls for correcting current failings and anticipating future challenges. The Council calls for increased public and private funding and visionary leadership. getAbstract recommends this paper as a serious read for government officials at all levels, infrastructure industry employees and investors, urban and rural planners, engineers, futurists, environmentalists and citizens concerned about the future quality of life in the United States.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What shape the US infrastructure is in, including roads, ports, dams, waste disposal, parks and more;
  • What improvements would cost; and
  • What actions can prevent further deterioration.

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The American Society of Civil Engineers’ Report Card Advisory Council has 32 members.



The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Grades the US Infrastructure
In 1988, the US Congress chartered the National Council on Public Works Improvement Report, published with the title Fragile Foundations: A Report on America’s Public Works. Ten years later, the ASCE’s...

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