The Infrastructure Crisis by Robert L. Reid, Civil Engineering magazine
When the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis collapsed last summer, 13 commuters were killed and more than 100 were injured. The disaster led to congressional hearings and media scrutiny that trained a spotlight on a longstanding national problem: how years of neglect, underfunding, and a lack of leadership and vision allowed America's infrastructure to deteriorate.
This special report examines the state of the nation's collapsing infrastructure in 15 major categories -- as outlined in the American Society of Civil Engineers' infrastructure "report cards" -- and explores both the costs and challenges of finding solutions.
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