March 19, 2013 |
This time they stood in front of a D.C. bridge that will cost $661 million to replace, but the whole point was that they could have used about 10,000 different places in America as their backdrop for an example of something critical that's falling apart. The report card by the American Society of Civil Engineers showed the national infrastructure a single grade above failure, a step from declining to the point where everyday things simply stop working the way people expect them to. "When we're talking about infrastructure,...
May 24, 2012
Columnist Ezra Klein's challenge to the notion of American decline [" America in decline? Not likely ," news, May 18] omitted the obvious decline in the nation's man-made and natural infrastructure. Thoughtful Americans know that we face a staggering infrastructure deficit regarding our roads, bridges, water systems and waterways. Similarly, the losing battle to keep the Chesapeake Bay healthy, despite known remedies for achieving cleaner water inflows to the bay, is symptomatic of the nation's overall...
February 2, 2012
The Jan. 29 front-page article " A span of dreams — and fears " was astonishing. Our neighbor, Mexico, is building a 140-mile toll road over "a landscape of yawning ravines and sheer-sided ridges" known as the Devil's Backbone and including 62 tunnels and 135 bridges at a cost of $1.5 billion. How can Mexico possibly do that when Maryland's Intercounty Connector, a mere 18-mile toll road through the gentle pastureland of Montgomery County, cost $2.6 billion? Might I suggest that, even when we desperately need jobs...
July 27, 2011 |
As Congress debates how to meet the nation's long-term transportation needs, decaying roads, bridges, railroads and transit systems are costing the United States $129 billion a year, according to a report issued Wednesday by a professional group whose members are responsible for designing and building such infrastructure. Complex calculations done for the American Society of Civil Engineers indicate that infrastructure deficiencies add $97 billion a year to the cost of operating vehicles and result in...
October 29, 2009 |
Jerry N. Johnson, the new general manager of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission , takes over the agency at a time when it, like many utilities across the United States, is struggling to repair and replace its aging infrastructure . The WSSC is the nation's eighth-largest water and sewer utility, serving 1.8 million people in Prince George's and Montgomery counties. At current funding levels, WSSC officials have said, it would take about 200 years to replace suburban Maryland's underground pipes.
May 16, 2011 |
The United States is falling dramatically behind much of the world in rebuilding and expanding an overloaded and deteriorating transportation network it needs to remain competitive in the global marketplace, according to a new study by the Urban Land Institute. Burdened with soaring deficits and with long-term transportation plans stalled in Congress, the United States has fallen behind three emerging economic competitors — Brazil, China and India, the institute said. The report envisions a time...