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Posts Tagged ‘American Society of Civil Engineers’

Making the Grade: Energy

Friday, March 17th, 2017
Making the Grade: Energy

In the ASCE 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, energy received a grade of D+. Most electric transmission and distribution lines were constructed in the 1950s and 1960s with a 50-year life expectancy, and the lower 48 states’ power grid is at full capacity. Without greater attention to aging equipment, as well as addressing storm and climate impacts, Americans will likely experience longer and more frequent power interruptions – already reportedly in excess of 3,500 per year. What can you do to help? Watch the video and visit https://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/.

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Making the Grade: Dams and Levees

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
Making the Grade: Dams and Levees

Dams and levees play integral roles in communities. Dams create reservoirs for our water supply, protect us from floods, and provide renewable energy, while levees reduce the risk from devastating flooding events. ASCE’s 2017 Infrastructure Report Card graded dams a D and levees a D. Find out what can be done at https://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Norma Jean Mattei, 2017 President, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
Norma Jean Mattei on The Infra Blog

“I think one of the problems is we have gotten into the habit of just waiting until things break, and when you have many sectors at a “D,” it just takes one major event to shut something down and have something fail. And then we throw a lot of money at it. But that’s not a wise way of handling things, because when you’re dealing with a disaster, you’re throwing four times the money at what is now broken, instead of maintaining something in a condition that’s at least average condition.”

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Making the Grade: Ports, Inland Waterways and Rail

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
Making the Grade: Ports, Inland Waterways and Rail

Ports, Inland Waterways, and Rail infrastructure systems play an integral role in the U.S. freight network and how America moves things. ASCE’s 2017 Infrastructure Report Card graded ports a C+, inland waterways a D, and rail a B. Watch the video and learn more at https://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/.

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Making the Grade: Wastewater and Drinking Water

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
Making the Grade: Wastewater and Drinking Water

Drinking water and wastewater infrastructure are critical to public health, but are too often forgotten. In the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, ASCE graded drinking water a D and wastewater a D+. With action, we can improve the nation’s water infrastructure: watch the video and visit https://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/ to learn how.

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Making the Grade: Bridges, Roads, Aviation, and Transit

Monday, March 13th, 2017
Making the Grade: Bridges, Roads, Aviation, and Transit

Americans spend 6.9 billion hours delayed in traffic— that’s 42 hours per driver. In the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, ASCE graded bridges a C+, roads a D, aviation a D, and transit a D-. Collectively, transportation infrastructure widens the nation’s infrastructure investment gap, with unmet funding needs of $1.1 trillion for surface transportation and $42 billion for aviation between 2016 and 2025. So what can we do to help? Watch to find out and visit https://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/.

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2017 Infrastructure Report Card

Thursday, March 9th, 2017
2017 Infrastructure Report Card: D+

Our nation is at a crossroads. Deteriorating infrastructure is impeding our ability to compete in the thriving global economy, and improvements are necessary to ensure our country is built for the future. While we have made some progress, reversing the trajectory after decades of underinvestment in our infrastructure requires transformative action from Congress, states, infrastructure owners, and the American people…Our nation’s infrastructure challenges are significant but solvable. Through strategic, sustained investment, bold leadership, comprehensive planning, and careful preparation for the needs of the future, America’s infrastructure will be improved and restored.

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ASCE 2017 Infrastructure Report Card

Thursday, March 9th, 2017
ASCE 2017 Infrastructure Report Card

ASCE’s Infrastructure Report Card provides a comprehensive assessment of current infrastructure conditions and needs, assigning grades and making recommendations to raise them. The 2017 Report Card found the national grade for infrastructure to be a D+. So what does that mean? Watch to find out and learn more at www.infrastructurereportcard.org

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Aging Dams and Clogged Rivers: An Infrastructure Plan for America’s Waterways

Friday, October 21st, 2016
FIGURE 1 Number of dams per age range, by 2020

Functional or not, the dams that dot the country cannot simply be ignored or forgotten. Indeed, these dams pose a significant safety problem: ASCE classifies nearly 4,000 dams as “deficient.” Furthermore, these structures continue to block an estimated 600,000 miles of rivers in the United States. A new analysis by the Center for American Progress for this report demonstrates that dams and reservoirs have modified the flow of 71 percent of Western rivers by length and that Western rivers are 66 percent more fragmented than they would be in their natural state.

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2016 Report Card for Tennessee’s Infrastructure

Monday, October 10th, 2016
2016 Report Card for Tennessee

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS (ASCE) TENNESSEE CHAPTER Executive Summary Tennessee, the “Volunteer State,” the “Country Music Capital of the World,” boasts the official slogan, “Tennessee – America at Its Best.” Already, Tennessee has been named “Best place to move to.” What would it take for Tennessee to be known as the “Home of America’s […]

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