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The ASCE Report Card: A Final Thought at the Close of 2009

Posted by Steve Anderson on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

The information is available and powerful.   

Do we have the political will?  Do Americans want action?   

A final INFRA THOUGHT at the close of 2009. 

In 2005, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released its Report Card for America’s Infrastructure. The cumulative grade of D was the engineers’ independent, learned assessment of the nation’s infrastructure.  At the start of this year, the engineers released the 2009 Report Card, and again, a grade of D was assigned. 

Is this progress? Will 2010 present new opportunities that may be seized upon? 

The brain trust of America’s civil engineers has repeatedly advised us about the dangers and the investment needs.  What more do we require to move forward forcefully? 

It is useful to be reminded of what is at stake, the depth of the ruptures and the vast varieties of infra deterioration.  As an impetus, at the very least, we offer a final reading recommendation, The American Society of Civil Engineers 2009 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure.

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