America's Infrastructure is Crumbling

Steve KinsmanStarred Page By Steve Kinsman, 19th Aug 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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America's roads and bridges, neglected for the past three decades, are now crumbling.

Infrastructure in disrepair everywhere

The United States Congress can find trillions of dollars to bail out the banks and Wall Street, billions to bloat the military, and still billions more to give huge tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires, but it cannot seem to find a dime to repair our crumbling infrastructure. All over the nations roads and bridges have fallen into disrepair, such as the bridge in upstate New York over Lake Champlain which was closed two years ago as too dangerous to carry vehicles any longer and which has forced some working folks into two and three-hour commutes, and the I-35 bridge in Minneapolis which collapsed in 2007, killing 13 people.

There was a time, back in the 1960's, when America's infrastructure was the envy of the world, but quite some time ago many countries in Europe and Asia surpassed us in terms of the quality of their own infrastructure.

The Report Card

The American Society of Civil Engineers is now out with its quadrennial report card on the status and shape of the country's infrastructure, and the grades it gives are only a shade above failing. For the state of our roads and bridges, the society gives the nation very low marks. The civil engineers, while giving the state of our bridges a grade of C, nevertheless warned that over 72,000 bridges are structurally compromised and some of them are dangerous to the point of imminent collapse. Following is a reproduction of their report card:

Aviation - D
Bridges - C
Dams - D
Drinking Water - D-
Energy - D+
Hazardous Waste - D
Inland Waterways - D-
Levees - D-
Public Parks, Recreation - C-
Rail - C-
Roads - D-
Schools - D
Solid Waste - C+
Transit - D
Wastewater - D-

Grade Point Average for America's Infrastructure: D
Estimated five-year investment need: $2.2 Trillion

Check out the American Society of Civil Engineers brief video below on the state of our infrastructure:

Photos from alternet.org

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
20th Aug 2012 (#)

this has been going on for the 20 odd years but nothing is done about it...oh sorry lots of reps screaming about what they are doing for the country....such bullshit....

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
20th Aug 2012 (#)

Yes indeed. They fiddle while it all crumbles around us. Thank you Carolan.

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
20th Aug 2012 (#)

It HAS crumbled... FDR would know what needed to be done... and I expect (that with Eleanor's help and encouragement) he would do it... again. Where is the WPA now that we really need it ?!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
20th Aug 2012 (#)

Very good question. Even if Obama channeled FDR, Congress would stonewall him.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
20th Aug 2012 (#)

Oh yes there is always oodles of loot to bail out big business and buy war equipment, but not enough to provide basic health care or roads.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
20th Aug 2012 (#)

Yes, that's so true Mark. Thank you.

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author avatar Robb714
20th Aug 2012 (#)

Yeah, everyone wants to talk about our collapsing roads and bridges but no one will discuss the fact that had not the government raided the funds for repairs and replacements for other purposes though. The last I checked, it was not free to drive a vehicle, there a lot of fees and taxes involved but instead of using those monies for maintenance, they have used them for budget shortfalls, bridges to nowhere and insane public transportation projects that fail and need to be subsidized by stealing more money from highway funds, i.e. Amtrak. I would say have we asked China to loan us another couple of trillion dollars to resolve this problem but I know the powers that be would rather the national highway system to just simply go away, they don’t like it because it represents independence, freedom and they oppose that. This is an issue that can be fixed by individual states and not the responsibly of the federal government like most other things they stick their nose in to advance their self serving interests. The states that address their crumbling infrastructure challenges will be the states that prosper and get rewarded with increased commerce, another thing that the powers that be abhor.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
20th Aug 2012 (#)

Only problem is,Robb, the states are completely broke.

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author avatar Robb714
21st Aug 2012 (#)

Not the Republican ran states, cause I live in one. Like Sam Kinison used to say, maybe you should move to where the food is.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
23rd Aug 2012 (#)

Check your facts. Republican states have higher unemployment, poorer schools, lower levels of education, lower GDP, more crime, more debt.

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author avatar jkalwaye
20th Aug 2012 (#)

Unbelievable facts .jk

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
20th Aug 2012 (#)

Thank you for that comment jk.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Aug 2012 (#)

US has indeed been the leader showing others how to make meaningful progress. Now in Asia and even other parts of the world, China is showing the way in terms of building marvels of infrastructure which is the foundation to flex their muscles even mightier. This is not a good portent for democracies. Time US rose to the challenge to set things right. Thanks Steve for an eye-opener - siva

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
20th Aug 2012 (#)

Thank you Siva for that very perceptive comment.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
20th Aug 2012 (#)

"If we accept the expectation of others, especially negative ones, then we will never change the outcome". When will we read uplifting comments, with hope for this Country. The continued negativity must turn around to reflect hope and positive reinforcement to turn the despairing negativity around.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
20th Aug 2012 (#)

I'm not sure I get your drift, Ivyevelyn. Are you saying that we should not criticize our country - only say good and uplifting things about it?

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
20th Aug 2012 (#)

Not at all, Steve. However, too much "tearing down" can weaken a positive resolve to look for resolution.
"The universe is energy that responds to expectations".

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author avatar Buzz
20th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks, Steve, for this updated report.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
20th Aug 2012 (#)

Thank you Buzz.

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author avatar A K Rao
23rd Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks a lot dear Steve for the interesting information! I never thought that country like US will also wait for such a long period to tackle the serious problems pertaining to infrastructure like other developing countries!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
23rd Aug 2012 (#)

Thank you AK. I appreciate your comment.

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author avatar M G Singh
23rd Aug 2012 (#)

A great post Steve. Wonder where America is heading

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
23rd Aug 2012 (#)

hat's a very good question, Madan. Thanks for commenting.

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author avatar deepa venkitesh
26th Aug 2012 (#)

i only wish the great nation whom we all looked to took care of itself before thinking of others problems. we have a saying in Malayalam which means the doctor's mother died without care. this is somewhat like that.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
26th Aug 2012 (#)

Indeed it is. Thank you deepa. Nice to hear from you.

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author avatar Retired
1st Sep 2012 (#)

Thanks for all your research and reporting, Steve. ;)

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Sep 2012 (#)

Thank you, rama devi.

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