America’s Infrastructure: Roads are Crumbling, Congress is Fiddling

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Panos Prevedouros, a professor of engineering at the University of Hawaii
Panos Prevedouros, a professor of engineering at the University of Hawaii
Panos Prevedouros, a professor of engineering at the University of Hawaii

BY PANOS PREVEDOUROS PHD – America’s transportation infrastructure, once an engine of mobility and productivity, has fallen into such disrepair that it’s become an economic albatross.

From the article Shoddy U.S. roads and bridges take a toll on the economy in LA Times.

A comprehensive summary with startling video by 60 Minutes is titled Falling apart: America’s neglected infrastructure where Steve Kroft reports on why roads, bridges, airports and rail are outdated and need to be fixed.

All along the American Society of Civil Engineers has been providing biannual assessments of American infrastructure with overall grades typically ranging between D- and D+. Here’s is ASCE’s 2013 report card for the American infrastructure.

Ironically, Congress and States “cannot find” monies to fix and improve what we have, but they do find (pork barrel) billions for boondoggles such as the California High Speed Rail and the Honolulu Snail Rail.

Much like Nero, the roads are crumbling while Congress is fiddling (and misappropriating.)

 

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  1. Report Steve Kroft has been pointing out great issues of Americas civil engineering. I think before some sort of incident happens, it's better to repair to issue source right now. America is one of the very developed countries in the world and the way people admire such country a minor incident could possibly destroy is reputation. So government will surely give attention on the facts mentioned by Steve!

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