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 declining biological...
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...
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...
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.
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...
October 31, 2011 |
All right-thinking people agree: America's infrastructure is in bad shape. The only debate is over how bad. Is our infrastructure "increasingly third-world" — per Slate's Jacob Weisberg — or a "national disgrace" and "global embarrassment" — as Barry Ritholtz suggested in a recent column for The Post ? Data seem to support this gloomy conventional wisdom. In the World Economic Forum's (WEF) latest Global Competitiveness Report , the United States' infrastructure ranked...