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During Motorcycle Trip 2016, we saw a large amount of heavy construction taking place in all 11 states we traveled through. When politicians talk about America’s crumbling infrastructure, they usually refer to roads, bridges, and airports. These are important but there are many more areas of equal, or perhaps greater, importance. For example, traveling through congested highways is inconvenient. Failure to deal with hazardous waste or protecting our energy infrastructure can be catastrophic. The American Society of Civil Engineers does a periodic assessment of 16 infrastructure categories. The latest report was published in 2013. Each category was rated from A to F. The highest rating was C+. Most were D or D-. The overall average was D+. The following table lists the categories. If you click on one of them, you will see the rating and a summary of the issues.

  • Aviation
  • Ports
  • Bridges
  • Public Parks and Recreation
  • Drinking Water
  • Roads
  • Energy
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Solid Waste
  • Inland Waterways
  • Transit