May 12, 2016—The U.S. needs to invest $1.4 trillion in infrastructure between now and 2025, and $5.2 trillion by 2040, a civil engineering trade group said , almost double what the country is projected to spend over that period.
The report from the American Society of Civil Engineers paints a dismal picture of the country’s economy in the decades ahead unless local, state and federal governments dramatically increase their infrastructure spending. Funding gaps could cost the economy almost $4 trillion and 2.5 million jobs by 2025, and $14.2 trillion and 5.8 million jobs by 2040, the report said.
Poor infrastructure forces people to sit in longer traffic jams, leads to higher shipping costs and can reduce overall productivity, the group said. Last year’s five-year highway bill did not significantly increase funding levels.
“Our nation’s infrastructure bill is overdue,” said Greg DiLoreto, the group’s past president. “We are paying a high price for infrastructure that is deficient and beyond its useful life.”
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