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WTF!  And I Thought a B was a bad grade!  After reading this you will understand why President Obama is emphasizing America’s infrastructure so much.  It seems like an awful lot of jobs could be created with all of the repair and upgrades that we so desperately need!

Society of Civil Engineers gives America’s infrastructure a “D”

By Cynthia Sewell – cmsewell@idahostatesman.com

Edition Date: 01/28/09

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Decades of underfunding and inattention have left the nation with an infrastructure that is poorly maintained, unable to meet current and future demands and in need of $2.2 trillion in repairs.

That’s the conclusion of American Society of Civil Engineer’s 2009 report card for America’s infrastructure, which assigns an overall grade of D to the nation.

Grades ranged from a high of C+ for solid waste to a low of D- for drinking water, inland waterways, levees, roads and wastewater.

Since ASCE’s last report card in 2005 there has been little change in the condition of the nation’s roads, bridges, drinking water systems and other public works, and the cost of improvement has increased by more than half a trillion dollars.

While there has been some improvement in energy since 2005, overall conditions have worsened in aviation, roads and transit.

A panel of 28 civil engineers evaluated each of the 15 categories on the basis of capacity, condition, funding, future need, operation and maintenance, public safety and resilience.

A detailed report, which accompanies the grades released Wednesday, will be released on March 25.

2009 report card for nation’s infrastructure:

Aviation: D

Bridges: C

Dams: D

Drinking water: D-

Energy: D+

Hazardous waste: D

Inland waterways: D-

Levees: D-

Public parks and recreation: C-

Rail: C-

Roads: D-

School: D

Solid waste: C+

Transit: D

Wastewater: D-

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