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Barry Ritholtz

U.S. on Highway to Flunking Out

Roads are crumbling, bridges are collapsing, and what was once considered one of the greatest achievements of any government anywhere has fallen into embarrassing disrepair. 
The result of neglected maintenance. Photographer: Joey McCleister/POOL via Bloomberg News.
The result of neglected maintenance. Photographer: Joey McCleister/POOL via Bloomberg News.

Roads are crumbling, bridges are collapsing, and what was once considered one of the greatest achievements of any government anywhere has fallen into embarrassing disrepair. I am of course discussing our nation's infrastructure. Last year, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the U.S. infrastructure a D+.

When it comes to the most basic functions of government we barely get a passing grade.