Thursday, September 23, 2010
American Society of Civil Engineers Says New Transportation Index Sends a Clear Message to Congress and the White House
Reston, Va.—Statement attributable to Blaine D. Leonard, P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) President:
"As a nation, we cannot thrive economically or socially without the solid foundation well-performing infrastructure systems provide. But, for decades we have allowed our roads, water mains and power grids to crumble through inattention and underinvestment.
“Today’s report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on the declining ability of the nation’s transportation systems to meet the needs of U.S. businesses further reinforces the argument ASCE has been making for years in our Report Card for America’s Infrastructure. Failing infrastructure equals a failing economy and a diminished quality of life for all Americans.
“We deserve better than to settle for failing infrastructure. Our future prosperity depends on an immediate and long-term commitment of both resources and leadership. ASCE commends the Chamber for their efforts in bringing attention to America’s infrastructure needs, and we call on our nation's leaders to step up to the challenge of supporting the solution.”
Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) represents more than 144,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. For more information, visit www.asce.org.