US infrastructure is falling apart — here’s a look at how terrible things have become

US infrastructure is falling apart
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America’s infrastructure is in dire need of repairs.

According to the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, which is published every four years, US infrastructure gets a D+ grade. It got the same grade in 2013.

The ASCE estimates the US needs to spend some $4.5 trillion by 2025 to improve the state of the country’s roads, bridges, dams, airports, schools, and more.

The report breaks down the state of infrastructure in 16 different categories. Here’s a look at each category’s final grade, according to the organization.

Aviation: D

Aviation: D

Airports face a $42 billion funding gap between 2016 and 2025, according to the ASCE.Reuters/Lucas Jackson

Airports and air traffic control systems are in serious need of an update, the report found.

With some two million people per day coming through US airports, congestion is becoming a major problem. In fact, the report estimates that 24 out of the top 30 airports in the US could soon hit “Thanksgiving-peak traffic volume” one day a week.

Bridges: C+

Bridges: C+

There are about 56,000 structurally deficient bridges in the US, according to the latest data from the Federal Highway Administration.Matt Rourke/AP Photo

US bridges are aging.

Out of the 614,387 bridges in the US, more than 200,000 are more than 50 years old.

The report estimates it would cost some $123 billion just to fix the bridges in the US.

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