America’s infrastructure crumbling, says American Society of Civil Engineers

Posted on August 9, 2012

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(NaturalNews) They say the integrity of a nation’s infrastructure is a direct reflection of its overall moral, social, economic, and political health. If this is true, then the United States is in some very serious trouble, as the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), America’s oldest national engineering society, has given a near-failing grade to almost every national infrastructure category in its most recent Report Card for America’s Infrastructure.

All those stories that have emerged in recent years about bridges collapsing, roads failing, and dams and levees beginning to crumble are apparently not mere flukes. To the contrary, many of the nation’s bridges, dams, water treatment plants, power generation facilities, roadways, levees, railways, parks, transit systems, and schools are in very serious disrepair — and unless tax dollars are diverted from filling the pockets of fat cats to actually maintaining the means through which we all live, the entire nation will literally crumble into dust.

There are not enough roads, and too many of them are falling apart

America’s decaying roadway systems are one of the most obvious infrastructure failures, as nearly every single American uses them on a daily basis. According to ASCE’s calculations, America’s roadways earn a grade of D-, which is basically a failing grade, because there are not enough roads for the amount of people that use them, and many of them are in very poor condition with no immediate signs of being repaired.

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