Infrastructure is essential for every family, community, and business to function. It encompasses everything from the water that comes out of your faucet to the Hoover Dam; from the road in your neighborhood to our expansive interstate highway network. Planes, trains, ports, the electric grid, solid way conveyance – it all falls under the umbrella of infrastructure. It is the foundation that connects society, driving the economy and improving our quality of life.
Nevertheless, infrastructure is often an afterthought. It is a given that we can flip a switch, buy staple goods at any time, or rely on timely arrival and departures of multi-modal transportation. The frank truth is that most of us do not think about our dependance on infrastructure until we experience a disruption.
Yet, there are signs of chronic strain on our infrastructure. In order to gauge this strain, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) publishes a Report Card for America’s Infrastructure every three years. The grades posted in the Report Card communicate a comprehensive assessment of current infrastructure conditions across the United States. As outlined by the ASCE, these infrastructure conditions have considerable economic impacts.