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In 2013, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the U.S. a D+ overall grade when it came to the country's infrastructure. Statistics show that roads and highways are in drastic need of repair in the U.S. An article recently published in the New York Times found that there are hundreds of deaths and injuries each year attributed to falling infrastructure, such as bridges, dams, and roads. What's stopping from fixing this problem? Ultimately, funds for such projects draw on a trust that comes from consumer gas tax. That tax rate has not risen with inflation. At the same time, people are driving less and cars are getting more fuel-efficient. That said, Congress approved a bipartisan measure allocating $300 billion toward infrastructure projects. It was an emergency bill, considering the highway trust was expected to run dry in August.
State to inspect aging bridges after overpass concrete falls on car (baltimoresun.com)
"Maryland's top transportation official on Thursday ordered immediate inspections of 27 aging, state-owned bridges after a chunk of concrete fell on a Prince George's County woman's car from the bottom of the Interstate 495 overpass in Morningside."
Human Cost Rises as Old Bridges, Dams and Roads Go Unrepaired (nytimes.com)
"A routine trip to run errands almost cost Katherine Dean her life."
Why We Still Can't Afford to Fix America's Broken Infrastructure (fivethirtyeight.com)
"The United States has an infrastructure problem. Globally, the U.S. ranks 19th - behind Spain, Portugal and Oman - in the quality of its infrastructure, according to the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report."