America's infrastructure is deteriorating and substantial new investments are required in roads and bridges, transit systems, dams and levees, and both our drinking water and wastewater systems. Our persistent failure to invest in our aging infrastructure impacts the economy, security, safety and future competitiveness.
The American Society of Civil Engineers members contribute their infrastructure expertise to develop several reports highlighting national infrastructure trends, innovations, and policy dilemmas. Each four years the ASCE produces an Infrastructure Report Card which depicts the condition and performance of the nation’s infrastructure in the form of a school report card—assigning letter grades based on physical condition and necessary investments for improvement.
The ASCE's 2017 Infrastructure Report concluded that we've made some incremental progress toward restoring our nation’s infrastructure but that America's overall score, as in 2013, was once again a cumulative GPA of D+. Find out more about the infrastructure report here.
Among the root cause's of America's deteriorating infrastructure is a lack of political will to establish dedicated long term funding mechanisms.