2017 California Infrastructure Report Card
Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) provide a comprehensive assessment of the nation’s 16 major infrastructure categories. Using a simple A to F school report card format, ASCE’s Infrastructure Report Card examines current infrastructure conditions and needs, assigning grades and making recommendations to raise those grades.
In the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, the nation’s infrastructure earned an overall “D+” grade, signifying that the majority of our infrastructure systems are considered to be in “poor” or “at risk” condition.
Our nation’s deteriorating infrastructure is impeding our ability to compete in the thriving global economy, and improvements are necessary to ensure our country is built for the future. While we have made some progress, reversing the trajectory after decades of underinvestment in our infrastructure requires transformative action from Congress, states, infrastructure owners, and the American people, says ASCE. Success in a 21st century economy requires serious, sustained leadership on infrastructure investment at all levels of government. Delaying these investments only escalates the cost and risks of an aging infrastructure system, an option that the country, California, and families can no longer afford.
Watch this video to learn more about the ASCE 2017 Report Card — and hear from local stakeholders at LA Metro, LA DWP and the Port of Long Beach as they discuss their plans to meet Southern California’s future infrastructure needs.