United States infrastructure gets a “D”

Briana Bierschbach

 America’s infrastructure gets a "D" and needs $2.2 trillion in fixes over the next five years to meet adequate conditions, according to a new report by the American Society of Civil Engineers.


The 2009 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, released today,  assigns an overall grade of D to the nation as well as individual grades in 15 infrastructure categories. Unfortunately, no grade is higher than a C+.


"Decades of underfunding and inattention have endangered the nation’s infrastructure,"  engineers said today.



The report card gives solid waste management a C+, the highest grade, while the nation’s bridges receives the next highest grade, a C, and two categories, rail and public parks and recreation scored a C-.


All other infrastructure categories recieved a D or D-, including: aviation, dams, hazardous waste, inland waterways, levees, roads, schools, transit and wastewater.


Grades have stayed about the same since ASCE’s last report card in 2005.