From the I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis 2007, to the considerable anguish caused to American families by the Flint water crisis, examples of America’s crumbling infrastructure are all around us. The American Society of Civil Engineers – a trade group that represents the trained professionals, many with master’s degrees in civil engineering from online engineering colleges and top-tier universities, are responsible for infrastructure. They have made clear that America’s infrastructure is weak or failing in four key areas: roads, rail, aviation, and water.
While federal and state governments have spent considerable sums of money building interstate highways in past decades, 42 percent of America’s major urban highways are congested. These high levels of traffic congestion on American highways cost $101 billion in wasted time and fuel each year. Congress recently passed a highway bill with more money for urgent maintenance. However, the amount spent by federal and state governments today falls far short of what is necessary to actually improve road conditions.
Amtrak, the United States’ primary passenger rail company has made considerable improvements in achieving a state of good repair and better service. At the same time, freight operators have dramatically increased private investment in their railroads. Click HERE America’s infrastructure is weak or failing…