A report card published by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for North American infrastructure has given it a D+.
It shows no improvement in infrastructure in the US since the last report card in 2013, which was also a D+. To raise the grade, investment, leadership and plans, and more preparation for future needs is required, says the ASCE.
“If the United States is serious about achieving an infrastructure fit for the 21st century, some specific steps must be taken, beginning with increased long term consistent, consistent investment,” said 2017 ASCE president Norma Jean Mattei. “Delayed investment only escalates costs and it increases the risks of an aging infrastructure system. Something that we in the US can no longer afford. To close the $2 trillion (£1.7 trillion) gap it’s a ten year investment.”
ASCE estimates that by 2025 a total investment of £3.8trillion is required to improve the nation’s infrastructure. After projecting current funding levels, the estimated funding shortfall total is just over £1.7 trillion.
It says each day 188M trips are taken over structurally deficient bridges and that two out of five miles of urban interstate roads are congested.
President Trump has promised £800bn for infrastructure. According to the Wall Street Journal, a 90 day deadline has been given to develop a plan for spending, including faster award of local construction permits, and a push towards renovation of existing infrastructure including roads, ahead of new projects. Construction projects that can get off the ground quickly are also said to be a priority.