During the recent State of the Union address, President Donald Trump announced that he desires a $1.5 trillion bill to be passed to help rebuild America’s infrastructure. News outlets all over the country are beginning to speculate the specific details of such a proposed bill. As construction industry professionals and Naples construction lawyers, we are eager to learn more about this bill proposal as well as it will be a critical component to the future of the construction industry.
In this three-part article, we first discussed the announcement of a proposed $1.5 trillion bill to improve America’s infrastructure. In this section, we will discuss the history of and the current state of our nation’s infrastructure. In the final section, we will conclude our series.
The History of Infrastructure in America
Dating back to the birth of the nation, the need for an infrastructure policy was part of the backbone to creating a constitutional system of government. During the Great Depression, the New Deal contained several administrative efforts to put citizens back to work through public work projects. In the 1950’s, President Dwight D. Eisenhower championed the creation of the modern day highway system. Regardless of your personal political beliefs today, we can all agree that it’s important to have a safe and efficient infrastructure system in place that ideally generates both instant and long-term economic benefits to the nation while also providing our citizens with safe roadways, access to clean drinking water, and other practical health, safety, and welfare benefits that are created through a strong infrastructural system.
The Current Infrastructure Problems
Once every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) assigns a school report card grading system that “depicts the condition and performance” of the country’s infrastructure. According to the 2017 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, after assessing the nation’s aviation, ports, bridges, public parks, dams, railways, roadways, drinking water, schools, energy, hazardous and solid waste, transit, levees, wastewater, and inland waterway systems, ASCE concluded that 12 of these 16 categories deserved a D+ grade or worse and only one category (railways) achieved better than a C+. Receiving an overall grade of a D+, ASCE concluded that the “infrastructure challenges remain significant but solvable.” To conclude our series, we will focus on some of the major issues that the ASCE believes need to be addressed and how to improve upon them to benefit America’s infrastructure.
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