The Hidden Danger of Failing Infrastructure
America’s infrastructure – roads, bridges, waterways, and water and wastewater systems – are an integral part of what made our nation great. As recently as 2006, America’s infrastructure ranked in the top ten for overall quality. Today, we are ranked 25th, below many of our biggest trading partners and even some developing nations. 1
How did our infrastrucutre – the backbone of a modern economy and lifestyle – become so fragile? Infrastructure is complicated and expensive, but the truth is that America has not been vigilant about the shared burden of infrastructure upkeep. Our bridges and water mains are getting older, and instead of investing to keep them updated, we collectively hone the structures nearest to us will keep working.