ASCE has issued a 2009 National Infrastructure Report Card to provide information on why it is critical that our country re-invests in its infrastructure. It rates various categories of infrastructure such as bridges, dams, aviation, roads, transit, schools, levees, etc. The overall grade for the report cad was a “D” and the estimated 5-year investment that our nation would need to fix the infrastructure comes with a $2.2 trillion price tag. (www.asce.org/reportcard)
Our nation’s infrastructure could use more attention like what Denton Publications has provided with “The Lake Champlain Bridge Commemorative Book.” It brings out a heightened awareness to infrastructure and shows how important the Champlain Bridge is to our community.
Once again on behalf of the civil engineering community, I would like to thank you for the much needed publicity. Not to mention it is a great collector’s item and Christmas gift.
Anthony W. DeFranco, PE, M.ASCE
Past President-ASCE Mohawk-Hudson Section