Over $3 Billion dollars are needed to upgrade America’s fractured infrastructure. Lead pipes are poisoning our children, railways, highways and bridges are broken down and need emergency repairs.
With a grading system depicts the condition and performance of the nation’s infrastructure in the familiar form of a school report card by assigning letter grades based on the physical condition and needed investments for improvement.
The report card shows that we have a significant backlog of overdue maintenance across our crumbling national infrastructure systems, we have a pressing need for modernization, and have put off opportunities to create reliable, long-term funding, but they also show that we can improve the current condition of our nation’s infrastructure... If and when investments are made and projects move forward, then grades may rise. For now:
ENERGY D+ SCHOOLS D PUBLIC PARKS & RECREATION C- TRANSITD ROADSD RAIL C+ PORTSC INLAND WATERWAYS D- BRIDGES C+ AVIATION D WASTEWATERD SOLID WASTE B- LEVEES D- HAZARDOUS WASTE D DRINKING WATER D DAMS D... WTF?