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2013 Report Card for America's Infrastructure


American Society of Civil Engineers

2013 / 74 pp.
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This e-book is available as a free download  from the ASCE Library.

Prepared by the 2013 Report Card for America's Infrastructure Advisory Council of ASCE.

The 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure seeks to inform the public and policy makers about the condition of U.S. infrastructure and how best to improve it. The report card evaluates 16 categories of infrastructure—in energy, public facilities, transportation, and water and the environment—by assigning letter grades that are based on physical condition and needed fiscal investments for improvement. Each category is graded on eight criteria: capacity, condition, funding, future need, operations and maintenance, public safety, resilience, and innovation. With a cumulative grade of D+, the 2013 Report Card finds that six infrastructure sectors benefited from an increase in private investment, targeted state and local efforts to make upgrades or repairs, or a one-time boost in federal funding. This is the first year since the report card began in 1988 that the grades have improved.

Topics include: dams, drinking water, hazardous waste, levees, solid waste, wastewater, aviation, bridges, inland waterways, ports, rail, roads, transit, public parks and recreation, schools, and energy.

For more information on the 2013 Report Card for America's Infrastructure, visit the Infrastructure Report Card website.