Today the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released their 2013 Infrastructure Report Card, grading America's infrastructure a D+. According to ASCE, the nation faces a $3.6 trillion dollar infrastructure shortfall.
"The ASCE report highlights the dire status of our nation's infrastructure and the impact our aging roads, bridges, ports, energy and water systems are having on our ability to compete," said Congressman Delaney. "The facts are clear: we desperately need to rebuild our infrastructure. That's why I've made infrastructure funding legislation a priority. Investing in our infrastructure will create jobs, help our businesses expand, and make our nation safer, stronger, and more competitive."
Delaney is in the final stages of drafting the Partnership to Build America Act, which will create a large scale funding capability for infrastructure investment. Funded by repatriated private sector earnings, the infrastructure fund produced by Delaney's legislation will require zero appropriated revenues from the federal government.
The ASCE assessed the nation's infrastructure as follows: Overall grade: D+, Aviation: D, Bridges: C+, Dams: D, Drinking Water: D, Energy: D+, Hazardous Waste: D, Inland Waterways: D-, Levees: D-, Ports: C, Parks: C-, Rail: C+, Roads: D, Schools: D, Solid Waste: B-, Transit: D, Wastewater: D. The report card also includes individual assessments of all fifty states.