Civil Engineers Say
Infrastructure Crisis Must Be Addressed to Protect Public Health, Safety and
attributable to Kathy J. Caldwell, P.E., president of the American Society of
Civil Engineers (ASCE):
Americans have suffered the effects of failing transportation infrastructure,
and for years, as a nation, we have ignored the increasing costs associated
with that congestion. This week’s report from the Texas Transportation
Institute is further evidence of that fact.
costing us nearly a full work week and almost 40 gallons of gas a year—at a
cost of $808 per average motorist. Couple that with the barely passing grade of
D- our roads received in ASCE’s 2009 Report
Card for America’s Infrastructure and you can easily see that we are
failing to maintain even our current substandard conditions.
The nation’s roadways
are an integral part of our way of life, and are vital to our economy. Bold
thinking and leadership are part of the solution, but we must also be willing
to make the hard decisions when it comes to infrastructure funding.
is in crisis, and the American public needs to tell their elected officials—local,
state and federal—that they will no longer tolerate wasting time sitting in
traffic instead of spending that time with their families. We have to demand
decisive, innovative and meaningful action from our elected officials now, or
suffer the safety and economic consequences of inaction.”
information on ASCE’s Report Card for
America’s Infrastructure, please visit: www.infrastructurereportcard.org.
Founded in 1852, the
American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 140,000 civil
engineers worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. In
January 2009, ASCE released its 2009 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure,
with grades in 15 categories. For more information, visit www.asce.org.