Share the Grades and Solutions in the 2021 Infrastructure Report Card
Posted: March 3, 2021
The new grades are in for the 2021 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure!
In 2021, America’s infrastructure earned a cumulative C-, slight improvement from a D+ in 2017. Progress has been made in categories such as water and water resources to modernize assets and invest strategically. However, significant challenges lie ahead. The COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on user revenue streams is devastating for our nation’s airports, transit systems, ports and even water utilities.
Meanwhile, many of our legacy transportation systems are still in the D range, along with stormwater, dams and levees. These infrastructure networks suffer from chronic underinvestment and are in poor condition. Big and bold action from Washington, as well as continued prioritization by states and localities, is needed to bring all our infrastructure to a state of good repair.
As infrastructure is front and center on the legislative priority list, share with your elected officials that our nation’s infrastructure challenges are significant but solvable. Decisionmakers at all levels of government increasingly recognize the critical role our infrastructure plays in supporting our quality of life and economy. Voters and lawmakers alike have championed smart infrastructure policy and increased investment in our multimodal freight system, drinking water networks, and more. This down payment on our infrastructure bill has contributed to modest but meaningful improvements.
Share the 2021 Report Card and let your elected leaders know the challenges and the solutions.