ESRI Story Map Highlights US Infrastructure Issues
On March 9, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released its 2017 report card of U.S. infrastructure, and assigned the country’s transportation networks an overall letter grade of D+. The ASCE estimated that the nation would need to invest $4.9 trillion over the next decade to restore infrastructure to relative health (a B+ grade)—up from $3.6 trillion in 2013, the year of ASCE’s previous report card. And if the infrastructure funding gap is not swiftly addressed, the U.S. could suffer $7 trillion in lost business sales by 2025, and 2.5 million lost jobs.
ESRI’s Story Map, provided below, puts our country’s infrastructure issues into context by:
- presenting a comprehensive overview and analysis of all major transportation infrastructure systems/networks: highways, bridges, railroads, ports, waterways, and airports
- including fully interactive maps, allowing users to pan and zoom to their areas of interest
- using the latest authoritative data: the 2016 National Bridge Inventory was released less than a month ago and the ASCE report card on March 9. The story also cites the latest figures from the CBO, Congress, and the Trump administration.