America’s Infrastructure: Failing Grade

by alphamonkey on August 8, 2007 · 3 comments

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In 2005, the American Society of Civil Engineers released a report card for the state of our nation’s infrastructure resources, and the grade was not good.  A “D” average, to be precise.  With the recent Minnesota bridge collapse and the steam pipe explosions in New York, maybe we’ll finally see some attention paid to our less-than-stellar public systems. 

I’ve always wondered why our government has been so reticent to dedicate the time and resources to updating our admittedly ancient infrastructure, especially considering the sheer number of jobs and opportunities these kinds of massive public works projects can create. 

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  • Thewellis

    i suspect that your rail infrastructure is a darn sight better than ours. our rail network was built mainly in the victorian era and due to the lack of mass destruction during the war a lot of it has remained that way.

    it has been underfunded for about forty years and for some reason we have some networks where the track, train and stations are all owned by separate companies.

    damn french and their tgv. makes every other rail network look shoddy.

  • .alphamonkey.

    Yah, but you can compare theirs to the Japanese just to make them look bad.

  • LupineFresh

    With all this talk of foreign oil dependence and whatnot, you’d think this would be a grand opportunity to truly get a redesign going of said infrastructure and have a better means of public transport than automobiles.  However, I suspect that with the whole “American dream of the open road” sort of bs and the insistence by politicians and lazy citizens alike to just throw money at a problem this will not happen.

    Still though, a good opportunity.

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