On March 3rd, the American Society of Civil Engineers unveiled its 2021 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure. The nation earned a ‘C-’ overall, up from 2017’s cumulative GPA of ‘D+’, as five category grades increased between 2017 and 2021. This, combined with state and local commitments to improving infrastructure, indicates an upswing in infrastructure investment. The good news: This is the first time since ASCE began putting out the report card that the nation’s infrastructure has received a GPA outside of the ‘D’ range.
The bad news? 11 of the 17 categories received scores in the ‘D’ range – stormwater was one of them. This indicates that there is still much more work ahead in the water management field.
With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the need for national broadband infrastructure is more pressing than ever. A clear understanding of where available funds are most essential and would be most optimally invested is critical to protect lives and maintain a productive economy. ASCE calls for strong federal, state, and local leadership and investment in infrastructure and the prioritization of resilience, to enhance our ability to withstand or recover more quickly and cost-efficiently from extreme weather events.
After unveiling its report card, ASCE hosted the virtual Solutions Summit, which spotlighted various infrastructure topics like energy, dams, levees, transportation, water, inland waterways, and ports. Featured speakers included keynote speaker U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg and panelists Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), and Representative Garret Graces (R-LA), among others.
View the full report card here.