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The State of American Infrastructure


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In June 2013, AECOM released a white paper titled, “Fostering a Larger Private-Sector Role in United States Infrastructure.”

The paper examines the extent to which the nation’s infrastructure assets need urgent attention and/or repair as well as innovative funding mechanisms that can help address those needs, especially public-private partnerships (PPPs). AECOM supports the idea that PPPs can provide an important avenue for advancing infrastructure projects and, consequently, improving the country’s long-term economic growth, competitiveness and quality of life.

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The State of American Infrastructure

  1. 1. 1. Texas A&M Transportation Institute. (2012). 2012 Urban Mobility Report. College Station, TX: Texas Transportation Institute. 2. a. National Education Association. (2011). Crumbling schools don’t provide strong foundations for America’s students [Press Release]. b. 21st Century School Fund. (2009). Repair for Success: An Analysis of the Need and Possibilities for a Federal Investment in PK-12 School Maintenance and Repair. Washington, DC: 21st Century School Fund. 3. American Hospital Association. (2010). Telling the Hospital Story Survey. 4. GAO Highlights. (2012). Federal Buildings Fund. 5. American Water Works Association. (2012). Buried No Longer: Confronting America’s Water Infrastructure Challenge. Denver, CO: American Water Works Association. 1 2 3 4 5 $121 billion 14 million 67 percent 48 years $1 trillion THE STATE OF AMERICAN INFRASTRUCTURETHE STATE OF AMERICAN INFRASTRUCTURE The cost of congestion on the U.S. economy in 2011—roughly the equivalent of Vietnam’s GDP Number of children attending deteriorating public schools in need of maintenance and repair projects of at least $270 billion Percentage of hospitals that have put on hold badly needed capital projects since the recession began in late 2007 Average age of federal buildings in the General Services Administration’s portfolio—close to the life expectancy of commercial buildings Nationwide investment needs for buried drinking water over the next 25 years 1 2 3 4 5