If placed end to end, the length of the nation's structurally deficient bridges would stretch 1,276 miles or half the distance from New York to Los Angeles.
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41 percent of U.S. bridges are over 40 years old and have not had major reconstruction work.
The average age of a structurally deficient bridge is 67 years old, compared to 39 years for non-deficient bridges.
There are 185 million daily crossings on nearly 56,000 structurally deficient bridges in the U.S. About 1,900 of those bridges are on the Interstate Highway System.
In 2015, the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that cost of replacing drinking water or waste water infrastructure in rural communities to be almost $190 billion in the coming years.
A one day disruption in water service would cost $43.5 billion in sales and $22.5 billion in GDP.
Over the next decade, the U.S. needs to invest an additional $82 billion per year in water infrastructure at all levels of government, and all over the country.
The federal government's contribution to water infrastructure capital spending has fallen from 63 percent of total capital spending in 1977 to just nine percent of total capital spending in 2014.
Fuel wasted sitting in traffic reached a total of 3.1 billion gallons in 2014 – up from 500 million gallons in 1982.
General Mills estimates that for every one mile per hour reduction in average speeds of its trucking shipments below the posted speed limits adds $2 million in higher annual costs.
By failing to invest in our vital transportation systems by 2020, businesses would pay an extra $430 billion in transportation costs, household incomes would fall by $7,000 and U.S. exports would fall by $28 billion.
According to UPS, if congestion causes each UPS delivery driver to incur 5 minutes of delay it would cost the company $100 million.