Infrastructurereportcard.org: 2012 Report Card for California's Infrastructure
The magnificent Golden Gate and San Diego–Coronado bridges; the Hoover, the Grand Coulee and other great dams and water systems of the west; our transcontinental railroads and unparalleled network of modern interstates; the airports, seaports, tunnels and transit systems that serve our cities—all of these are part of the California infrastructure.
Over the next 20 years, California is expected to grow at a rapid pace. Based on some estimates the state will add an additional 10 million residents over the next 20 years,putting California’s population at a staggering 48 million people. A well-designed and maintained infrastructure anchors our economy and secures our quality of life.
Investment in infrastructure is vital to our state’s productivity, competitiveness and economic well-being.Congestion on our highways alone costs the United States an estimated $100 billion a year.Communities with efficient road systems, good schools and sewers can better attract residents and businesses. With updated water treatment plants, we can trust our tap water is safe. When traffic flows, goods and services move to market faster and more efficiently, lowering the cost to consumers. Modern school buildings provide a secure and healthy environment where our children can concentrate on learning. Efficient waste management programs reduce waste volume, and dispose of and contain waste effectively.