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Infrastructure Report Card: Calif. and U.S. as Whole Get Mediocre Grades, by ASCE

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Release Date: March 2013
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In a new report by the Sacramento-based American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) that evaluated infrastructure in California and the nation as a whole, the association gave California a grade of C and the nation a grade of D+ or “poor” on infrastructure. The ASCE report declared that infrastructure systems of California and the nation are failing to keep pace with the current and expanding needs of the country because investment in infrastructure is faltering.

Every four years, ASCE issues the Report Card, which evaluates conditions and investment needs for major sectors of infrastructure, including roads, bridges, drinking water systems, ports, mass transit, and the electric grid. This year’s Report Card covers 16 infrastructure categories, and it is being released as a digital application (or “app”) that includes videos, interactive maps, and other multimedia tools. For the first time, the 2013 Report Card provides information for all 50 states, including examples of initiatives and innovations that are making a difference. For example, Oklahoma created a plan to replace or rehabilitate over 950 structurally deficient bridges between 2013 and 2020. Philadelphia implemented a program to improve resiliency and address combined sewer overflows using green infrastructure, capable of capturing water from all but the most severe storms.