Since 1950, the population of the United States more than doubled but the road system grew only from 3.3 million miles to 4.1 million miles.
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If placed end to end, the length of the nation's structurally deficient bridges would stretch 6K miles - long enough to travel from Atlanta to LA and continue to Deadhorse, AK.
The average age of a structurally deficient bridge is 68 years old, compared to 32 years for a bridge in good condition and 54 years for a bridge in fair condition.
There are 171.5 million daily crossings on nearly 45,000 structurally deficient bridges in the U.S.
In 2015, the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that cost of replacing drinking water or waste water infrastructure in rural communities to be almost $190 billion in the coming years.
Water service disruptions led to a $51 billion economic loss for the 11 most water-reliant industries in 2019.
In 2019, total capital spending on water infrastructure at the local, state and federal levels was approximately $48 billion while investment needs totaled $129 billion, creating an $81 billion investment gap.
The federal government's contribution to water infrastructure capital spending has fallen from 63 percent of total capital spending in 1977 to just nine percent of total capital spending in 2014.
Fuel wasted sitting in traffic reached a total of 3.3 billion gallons in 2018 – up from 500 million gallons in 1982.
General Mills estimates that for every one mile per hour reduction in average speeds of its trucking shipments below the posted speed limits adds $2 million in higher annual costs.
By failing to invest in our vital transportation systems by 2020, businesses would pay an extra $430 billion in transportation costs, household incomes would fall by $7,000 and U.S. exports would fall by $28 billion.
According to UPS, if congestion causes each UPS delivery driver to incur 5 minutes of delay it would cost the company $100 million.