On the road to ruin: How America's infrastructure is failing

Technology Eye | April. 04, 2017

You’ve heard it before: America’s infrastructure is failing. Well, almost. The American Society of Civil Engineers reiterated its nearly failing grade for the country’s vital infrastructure: a D+ .

The ASCE report comes out once every four years, and has become a familiar bearer of bad news. But the state of the country’s roads were the standout piece of bad news this year—the report found that $2 trillion would be needed over the next 10 years to get U.S. roads back in fighting shape.

And there’s more reason to do that than just a smoother drive. From the report :

More than two out of every five miles of America’s urban interstates are congested and traffic delays cost the country $160 billion in wasted time and fuel in 2014.One out of every five miles of highway pavement is in poor condition and our roads have a significant and increasing backlog of rehabilitation needs.After years of decline, traffic fatalities increased by 7% from 2014 to 2015, with 35,092 people dying on America’s roads.

Donald Trump’s plan to spend big on infrastructure may offer some much-needed relief. However, there are some are concerns over his plan to try to build infrastructure like toll roads that would pay for itself , rather than just putting up the money. What many experts are arguing for is far less sexy than revenue-generating mega-projects, but could save more money for taxpayers in the long-term: repairing the roads that already exist.

SOURCE: World Economic Forum

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