Ryan Laughlin of WDAZ-TV
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - It's a crisis in our country, and it's hurting your pocketbook more than you may realize.
It's our failing infrastructure - roads, water, and public transit - and a major infrastructure project will soon be underway right in our own backyard.
The Kennedy Bridge and will be going through major renovations in the upcoming year, but the infrastructure crisis extends beyond this one bridge. The solution will not be an easy one. Professionals say more money is needed but the engineers tasked with designing our cities are preparing to make the more with less.
It's getting so bad, it's been the target of late night comics. But, it's no laughing matter.
13 people died when the 35W Bridge over the Mississippi River collapsed in Minneapolis, and now some local minds are preparing to face the crisis head on.
Getting more done with less is going to be key for the next generation on Civil Engineers.
Bob Stevens, the former president of the American Society of Civil Engineers spoke to aspiring engineers at UND about the how the challenges they face will be like none other in American history.
The country gets a D+, but the problem is much closer than you may think.
The Nielsville Bridge has been shut down for over a year, because it literally has a hole in it. The Kennedy Bridge is slated to have the road surface redone, the project is beginning in 2017 and should last all the way until 2018.
Keith Korman, civil engineering student: “It's kind of scary to think, sometimes, one day we'll be running the country. But, it's true.”
And with an uncertain economic future it will force these young men and women to creatively face some of the most challenging problems of or time.
Korman: “I think one of the biggest challenges is just to innovate and to give us the opportunity to improve what we have and to try and do it with limited resources as well.”
The American Society of Civil Engineers says the dire state of our country's infrastructure is costing your family $9 dollars day, from things like damage your car takes on rough roads. Stevens says if we would tax families $3 a day it would cost less in the long run and there would be enough money to end the infrastructure issue.
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