On Tuesday morning March 19, ASCE will release the 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, an in-depth assessment by civil engineers of the state of the nation’s public works, with grades in 16 categories, plus an overall GPA. The all-new Report Card goes well beyond updating the last one issued in 2009. This year, it will be available anywhere there’s a smartphone or tablet, with an app that will be available to download Tuesday morning when the report is released via the iTunes and Google Play stores, and at www.infrastructurereportcard.org.
Consider what that portability will allow you to do – you’ll be able to go anywhere and pull up an instant resource that will help buttress your case for investing in any of 16 categories of infrastructure. Extensive graphics, charts, videos and other multimedia support and clarify each grade. New “Success Stories” provide more than 100 examples of what’s working from around the nation.
ASCE’s Government Relations team, via its Save America’s Infrastructure Facebook page, has offered two highly compelling Report Card samples — videos on the nation’s roads and bridges and on the electric grid. “We’re still driving on roads that my grandparents paid for and built,” says Pennsylvania state Sen. Michael Sturla in the roads and bridges video.
The Report Card release in Washington will include 2013 ASCE President Greg DiLoreto, Past President Andy Herrmann, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and other notable infrastructure advocates. Watch for coverage in the news, and seize on it as an opportunity to talk with friends, colleagues, and officials you know, even your member of Congress.
How do you think you might you use the Report Card findings to advocate for infrastructure renewal in your community? Were you surprised to see how your state fared?