Levees and Trains and Bridges. Oh My!

Now I’m going to be right up front about this, as a Civil Engineer, there is an inherent bias in what I’m about to write (right Jordi?).

However, a substantial  increase in investment for infrastructure projects would greatly benefit the U.S.  This is backed by both the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO (since when do they agree).  The reasons are far from just jobs related, although this a major plus in today’s high unemployment society.

The American Society of Engineer’s (ASCE) has released a report card every few years on the state of the country’s infrastructure.  Their last one, which was released in 2009, gave the country an overall rating of D with a needed investment of $2.2 trillion (accounting for 3% inflation) over the next 5 years.


  1. High cost (as the numbers show, it’s going to cost some dough)
  2. They want “pretty projects,” such as a new bridge, rather than upgrading the waterlines in this country or the whole energy system, which are deteriorating just as much.

It’s easy to joke about the lack of “shovel-ready” projects from the Stimulus (ARRA in above table), but the fact remains is that these are serious issues that are not going to be solved in 2 years.

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3 Responses to Levees and Trains and Bridges. Oh My!

  1. RickE says:

    I agree and I think one of the most important points brought up is that people want “pretty projects” and so they vote for government officials that make that happen or promise to make that happen. If we could educate the public more on the importance of updating infrastructure then hopefully they will support government officials that promise to do this.

  2. I agree completely with your analysis of why these projects, which would create many jobs and our nation’s efficiency, have not been taken under. The government is in so much debt already, they don’t have money to help pull us out of the current recession. Another vicious cycle….

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