The American Society of Civil Engineer’s (ASCE) 2013 Report Card gave the nation’s infrastructure an overall grade of D+, showing slight progress from the D in the last Report Card issued in 2009. It’s the first time since ASCE started producing Report Cards in 1998 that the grades rose overall and in several sectors. ASCE has produced four previous Report Cards in 1998, 2001, 2005, and 2009—as well as the Progress Report for America’s Infrastructure, which was released in 2003.
Released Tuesday, this report provides our nation’s political leaders, policymakers, business leaders, infrastructure stakeholders, the media, and the general public with advice from the civil engineering community about the condition of infrastructure across the nation.
Individual grades were given in the categories of aviation, bridges, dams, drinking water, energy, hazardous waste, inland waterways, levees, ports, public parks and recreation, rail, roads, schools, solid waste, transit, and wastewater. Final grades were assigned based on capacity to meet future demand, condition, funding, future needs, operation and maintenance, public safety, resilience, and innovation.