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The 2005 Report Card for America's Infrastructure, which polled respondents on various aspects of U.S. public works, gave poor grades to most areas. Source: ASCE

The condition of the nation's public works infrastructure received a near-failing grade in an assessment by the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Public Works Association (APWA), and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

The 2005 Report Card for America's Infrastructure—which assigned the nation's infrastructure a grade of D—highlights concerns problems with the country's deteriorating infrastructure.

“We are falling behind in the maintenance and upgrading of some our most important public assets, our roads and transit systems, our drinking water and wastewater systems, and our navigable waterways,” said APWA president Tom Trice.

Fifteen areas were assessed: aviation, bridges, dams, drinking water, energy, hazardous waste, navigable waterways, roads, schools, solid waste, transit, wastewater, public parks and recreation, rail, and security. The 2005 survey's grade of D represents a decline from the grade of D+ assigned in 2001. Overall, the new assessment finds that the nation's infrastructure investment gap now totals $1.6 trillion for needed improvements over the next five years from all levels of government and the private sector. For more information, visit www.asce.org.