The engineers said any number of organizations routinely collect data about infrastructure, but it's usually targeted for the specific uses of those groups. One thing that sets this report apart, they said, is that it looks at several infrastructure areas and is presented in a format that's easy to understand.
“Where infrastructure is marginally performing, poorly maintained or failing, immediate action should be taken by the public and our elected leaders to reverse the trend and to improve the grade,” the engineers said.
The report, available at www.asce.org, is indeed easy to understand. Not so easy will be getting lawmakers, who so far haven't been able to agree on how to fix the Capitol, to craft ways to pay for these considerably more expensive needs.