Reuters: Engineers give US infrastructure poor grades
U.S. roads, airports, schools, levees, dams, and other infrastructure are in overall poor shape and require a $2.2 trillion investment to bring them up to par, an engineering group said on Wednesday. The American Society of Civil Engineers gave infrastructure a grade of "D" as U.S. President Barack Obama seeks $825 billion in extra government spending and tax cuts to ease the economic crisis. Infrastructure earned the same dismal grade in 2005, but the group's estimated five-year price tag to fix it rose by $600 billion to $2.2 trillion. Earlier this month, the engineers estimated that the president's stimulus package contained some $90 billion in infrastructure spending. It called that amount a down payment that was long overdue.
Americans wasted 3.9 billion gallons of fuel in 2009 due to traffic congestion and the total cost of congestion in 2009 was $115B