As Kentucky calls for more investment in transportation at the state and national level, America’s infrastructure just received a C- grade on its 2021 report card by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
The report card, released every four years, assigns letter grades based on the physical condition and needed investments for improvement. The American Society of Engineers defines a C grade as mediocre and requires attention. In 2019, Kentucky also received a C- on its infrastructure report card.
Though the nation’s overall score is a C-, 11 of the 17 infrastructure categories scored in the D range, which include aviation, dams, hazardous waste, inland waterways, levees, public parks, roads, schools, stormwater, transit, and wastewater.
“The country’s total infrastructure needs over the next 10 years total nearly $6 trillion, but after considering various sources of committed funding, the gap to meet those needs is $2.59 trillion. If this is not addressed, America’s overdue infrastructure bill will cost each American household approximately $3,300 per year, or $63 per week,” the report says.
In response to the report, the ASCE urges federal, state, and local leadership to invest in infrastructure to address the increasingly large funding gap, suggesting resiliency is critical to survive and recover from extreme events.