United States Infrastructure Crumbling, Report Says

| by Sean Kelly

According to a recent report, the U.S. ranks 16th in quality of overall infrastructure. 

The report, written by the World Economic Forum, comes after the American Society of Civil Engineers gave America’s infrastructure a D+ grade in its most recent report card. The World Economic Forum finds the U.S. ranking behind Japan, Austria, Iceland, Finland and Singapore. Switzerland ranked No. 1 in the report. 

As a result of the country’s poor infrastructure, roads throughout the nation have suffered greatly and cost each driver an estimated $324 per year on car repairs. On a larger scale, 42 percent of America’s roads are considered to be congested, which costs the American economy $101 billion in wasted fuel and time each year.

Both Democrats and Republicans have voiced concern about the country’s crumbling infrastructure, though funding is expected to run out after May 31st if lawmakers don’t find a quick, more permanent fix. “We’ve got to find a way to deal with America’s crumbling infrastructure,” House Speaker John Boehner said. 

Sources: Yahoo News, World Economic Forum

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