Roads, bridges better than average

News AASHTO Journal March 13, 2001
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The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is calling for significant investment in public facilities

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is calling for significant investment in public facilities.


ASCE President Robert W. Bein said $1.3 trillion in investment is needed over the next five years "just to restore our existing infrastructure to good condition." ASCE gave 12 catagories of infrastructure an overall grade of D+, citing school overcrowding, obsolete and overworked water and sewer systems, deteriorating roads and bridges and insufficient electrical generation capacity recently evidenced in California.


ASCE's highest grades--from C+ to C--- went to bridges, mass transit and solid waste facilities.


He said a major part of the problem is local political opposition and red tape which hamper effective solutions. "The solutions to these problems involve more than money, but as with most things in life, you get what you pay for. America has been seriously under-investing in its infrastructure for decades, and this report card reflects that."



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