Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUN 2017

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The ASCE estimates it would cost $4.59 trillion extended out to 2025 to bring U.S infrastructure up to par, i.e., to a safe, functioning level. The investment gap is $2.064 trillion. State of U.S. Infrastructure: Another D Minus Report Card, but Shows Improvement Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers produces a graded report card www.infrastructurereportcard. org of the condition and performance of U.S. infrastructure. The overall infrastructure grade (D-) remains the same as the 2013 assessment, however, 7 of the 16 infrastructure categories saw improvement: hazardous waste, inland waterways, levees, ports, rail, schools and wastewater. Of these, rail received the highest category grade (B), while transit received the lowest (D-minus). A team of 28 civil engineers from across the U.S. prepared the report card, assessing 16 infrastructure categories. The ASCE notes the U.S. Congress and some states have recently made efforts to invest more in infrastructure, however, those efforts, in their estimation, do not come close to the $2 trillion needed. To close the $2 trillion 10-year investment gap, the report asserts the U.S. must increase investment from all levels of government and the private sector from 2.5% to 3.5% of GDP by 2025. Congress and the states must invest an additional $206 billion each year "to maintain our global competitiveness," and "to prevent the economic consequences to families, business, and the economy." The report estimates that a failure to do so "would cause a $3.9 trillion hit to the gross domestic product by 2025, $7 trillion in lost business sales by 2025, and 2.5 million lost jobs by 2025." The report recommends public funding from user-generated fees, infrastructure trust funds never used to pay or offset other budget items, raising the federal gas tax and citizens paying rates/fees that reflect the true cost of using, maintaining and improving infrastructure. June 2017 83 I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 5 7 Metro) Sustainability Council. Those member are: Anthony Brower, senior associate & director of sustainable design, Gensler; Matt Petersen, chief sustainability officer, city of Los Angeles / office of the mayor; Berwyn Salazar, principal, Global ASR Consulting Inc.; and Michael Swords, VP government relations, LA Cleantech Incubator. LA Metro continued from page 82 2016-2025 Infrastructure Systems Total Needs Estimated Funding Funding Gap Surface Transportation $2,042 $941 $1,101 Water/Wastewater Infrastructure $150 $45 $105 Electricity $934 $757 $177 Airports $157 $115 $42 Inland Waterways & Marine Ports $37 $22 $15 Dams $45 $5.6 $39.4 Hazardous & Solid Waste $7 $4 $3 Levees $80 $10 $70 Public Parks & Recreation $114.4 $12.1 $102.3 Rail $154.1 $124.7 $29.4 Schools $870 $490 $380 TOTALS $4,590 $2,526 $2,064 Cumulative Infrastructure Needs by Systems Based on Current Trends, Extended to 2025 All values in billions of constant 2015 dollars

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