US infrastructure gets slightly better grade on engineers' report card: C-

America’s infrastructure received an overall grade of C- dal American Society of Civil Engineers, according to the group’s 2021 Pagella, rilasciato mercoledì.

La scorecard — which the society has released every four years since 1998 — is the first time the nation’s infrastructure has scored outside the D range in 20 anni, the group said.
Despite the upgrade, society Executive Director Tom Smith contends this year’s ranking still misses the mark.
While that is an incremental, small improvement, it still is not something to write home about. It’s certainly not a grade that you’d be proud of,” Smith told CNN.
    The society, which represents civil engineers around the world and frequently advocates for increased investment in infrastructure, evaluated the United States on 17 major categories, including aviation, roads, bridges, drinking water, energy and schools.
    At the top of the class was rail, which earned the highest mark, a B, while transit scored the lowest, with a D-.
    Drinking waterwhich has received renewed attention after a massive winter storm slammed the South lo scorso mese, disrupting water service and triggering boil water noticesearned a C-.
    Complessivamente, 11 del 17 categories received D range grades, “a clear signal that our overdue bill on infrastructure is a long way from being paid off,” the report concludes.
    The report’s grading scale ranges from A, indicating the infrastructure isexceptional, fit for the future,” to F, senso “unacceptable condition with widespread, advanced signs of deterioration.
    A grade of B signals the infrastructure is ingood to excellent condition,” while C is classified asmediocre” e “fair to good conditionwith some elements exhibitingsignificant deficiencies in conditions and functionality.The D range indicates poor andmostly below standard,” with condition and capacity atstrong risk of failure.
    The society further cautions thatsignificant challenges lie ahead,” pointing to how US infrastructure has been strained by la pandemia di coronavirus and the impacts of severe weather throughout the country.
    Just as cars demand tune-ups and roofs require incremental repairs, our infrastructure needs robust and sustainable funding to make continued needed improvements over time,” the assessment notes. “Putting off investment now will cost us and future generations down the line.
    The Biden administration has signaled it intends to make infrastructure investments a priority as part of a larger agenda focused on rebuilding the economy during the pandemic. Lo scorso mese, Presidente Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg met with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House to discuss infrastructure.
      Smith expressed optimism for infrastructure investments being auniting factorfor the country.
      When you invest in infrastructure, it’s important for rural, it’s important for urban, it’s important for red, it’s important for blue states,” Smith ha detto.

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