The American Society of Civil Engineers gives the nation's aging infrastructure a report card score of "D," and estimates the price tag for improving our roads, airports, dams, bridges and water systems at $1.6 trillion.
Issues surrounding the state of public infrastructure struck very close to home for me and my colleagues at Minnesota Public Radio due to the collapse of I-35W. But the issue has been talked about – but also ignored - for years.
What are your experiences with aging local, state, or national infrastructure?
I hope to see this issue discussed among those who deal with infrastructure daily – planners, architects, inspectors, or concerned citizens – here at Cyburbia.
Big Dig tunnel failures, bridge collapses, flooded subways - are these sensationalized news stories or indicative of a profound problem in public infrastructure?
I’m looking forward to the discussion.
American Public Media/Minnesota Public Radio
American Public Media, which produces and distributes public radio programs such as Marketplace and Weekend America, is also looking for insights and observations into the state of public infrastructure in the United States for our on-going coverage of the issue. Do you have particular expertise in this area? Share your insights with us here: http://americanpublicmedia.org/pin/infrastructure