ASCE report card, Status of our nation’s bridges

Posted in: Bridges, Cultural Resources, Highways


report-cardThe recently released American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Report Card for America’s Infrastructure includes a discussion of the status of our nation’s infrastructure in the following categories:  water and the environment, transportation, public facilities and energy.

The transportation report includes a focus on bridges and a report card rating of C+.  The report highlights the funding challenges to maintain, repair and/or replace deficient bridges.  While the number of bridges that need attention is declining slightly since the last report, there is still a long way to go and many challenges.  Rehabilitation should be part of the solutions to address our deficient bridges and can be considered for both historic and non-historic structures.

Prepared every four years, “America’s civil engineers provide a comprehensive assessment of the nation’s major infrastructure categories using a simple A to F school report card format, the Report Card provides a comprehensive assessment of current infrastructure conditions and needs, both assigning grades and making recommendations for how to raise the grades.”

You can view the full ASCE Report Card results.

 


Christina Slattery

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Christina Slattery specializes in historic preservation of transportation and engineering structures. She evaluates the significance of properties ranging from missile defense systems to road corridors, and develops creative mitigation strategies for projects.

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