US infrastructure is falling apart — here’s a look at how terrible things have become

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America’s infrastructure is in dire need of repairs. 

According to the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, which is published every four years, US infrastructure gets a D+ grade. It got the same grade in 2013. 

The ASCE estimates the US needs to spend some $4.5 trillion by 2025 to improve the state of the country’s roads, bridges, dams, airports, schools, and more. 

The report breaks down the state of infrastructure in 16 different categories. Here’s a look at each category’s final grade, according to the organization. 

SEE ALSO: The US will need to invest more than $4.5 trillion by 2025 to fix its failing infrastructure

Aviation: D

Airports and air traffic control systems are in serious need of an update, the report found. 

With some two million people per day coming through US airports, congestion is becoming a major problem. In fact, the report estimates that 24 out of the top 30 airports in the US could soon hit “Thanksgiving-peak traffic volume” one day a week. 

Bridges: C+

US bridges are aging. 

Out of the 614,387 bridges in the US, more than 200,000 are more than 50 years old. 

The report estimates it would cost some $123 billion just to fix the bridges in the US. 

Dams: D

According to the report, there were some 15,500 high-hazard dams in the US in 2016. 

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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