The American Public Works Association (APWA), Washington, has announced its endorsement of the 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructures that was released in March by the American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE). A slight uptick has occurred in the 2013 Report Card’s cumulative grade for the nation’s infrastructure systems, which rose to a D+ grade point average overall from a D or “Poor: At Risk” rating when it was last issued in 2009.
“With the slight increase shown in this year’s Report Card cumulative GPA, and with several categories noted for incremental improvements, the Report Card indicates a very moderate upward movement,” says APWA Executive Director Peter B. King. “But an overall grade of D+ remains unacceptable,” adds King.
“Once again, the ASCE assessment shows we have a backlog of overdue maintenance that needs to be addressed to bring the nation’s infrastructure to a state of good repair,” King continues. “The investment needed by 2020 across all infrastructure categories is estimated at $3.6 trillion, leaving a shortfall of $1.6 trillion. As a nation, we must create long-term funding sources, and invest, improve and enhance our critical infrastructure.”
APWA has also issued a statement to its 28,500 members calling on lawmakers to carefully review the report card findings and recommit to supporting infrastructure initiatives.
More information on the ASCE findings, including state infrastructure statistics, can be found at www.infrastructurereportcard.org.
The American Public Works Association is a not-for-profit, international organization of more than 28,500 members involved in the field of public works.