AMERICA'S INFRASTRUCTURE: A
As President Trump takes office as the 45th President of the United States, a report was published stating America's infrastructure is close to failing. That's the assessment of the American Society of Civil Engineers, which released its 2017 "infrastructure report card" that gave the nation's overall infrastructure a grade of D+. More shocking stats show that there are nearly 56,000 bridges in the United States currently “structurally deficient”, more than one out of every four bridges more than 50 years old and “have never had major reconstruction work”, America does not have a single airport that is considered to be in the top 25 in the world, and the average age of America’s dams is now 52 years, over two-thirds of the roads are “in dire need of repair or upgrades”. What actions will President Trump take to start fixing America's failing insfrastructure?
6/7/17: President Trump presented his vision to rebuild America’s infrastructure. The White House has dubbed this week “Infrastructure Week,” and has held events to promote the administration’s $1 trillion plan to revamp the nation’s infrastructure.
8/15/17: Trump signed a new executive order to speed up the environmental review and permit process for major projects, which takes an average of seven years under the current system. The new executive order on the infrastructure approval process has come as a welcome relief for the construction sector. The new executive order will condense the review process to 2 years, saving billions of dollars.
8/17/17: President Donald Trump revoked an Obama-era executive order that required strict building standards for all federal building projects to reduce the risk from increased sea level rise flooding. The order will not keep state and local agencies from using a more stringent standard should they choose to do so. Trump said the existing permitting process is “over-regulated,” calling it “a massive self-inflicted wound.” “No longer will we allow the infrastructure of our magnificent country to crumble and decay.”