Disasters waiting to happen: 5 major infrastructure projects in need of repair

By Kim Slowey | Construction Dive

From aging dams and deteriorating tunnels to deficient bridges and lead-filled drinking water lines, the U.S. has plenty of work to do when it comes to the quality of its infrastructure.

There’s nothing quite like an infrastructure disaster to get the American public’s attention, whether it is the discovery of a drinking water system with dangerous levels of lead in Flint, Michigan, or a near-catastrophic dam failure in Oroville, California. 

In fact, immediately after such an event, views on the American Society of Civil Engineers’ infrastructure report card website increase as the public tries to put such failures into context, said Emily Feenstra, ASCE managing director of government relations and infrastructure initiatives.

The organization issues a comprehensive report every four years, the most recent one in 2017, on 16 types of infrastructure in the U.S. including roads, bridges, drink water, dams and rail systems.


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