President Obama announced a $50 billion package last week to improve America's roads, railways, and more. And there couldn't be a better time to do it, says Ben Adler at Newsweek. "From the New Orleans levees breaking to the Minneapolis bridge collapsing," it's become increasingly apparent that our infrastructure is in "disrepair." Here is a look at some of the numbers behind what needs to be done:
Total investment needed in next five years to bring America's infrastructure up to snuff, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers
Amount returned to the economy from every taxpayer dollar spent on infrastructure, according to Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's
Miles of roads in the U.S.
Miles found to be "in dangerous disrepair" in a 2010 study
Miles of roads to be fixed or upgraded under Obama's newly $50 billion infrastructure stimulus
Proportion of those bridges — or 71,000 — found to be "in dangerous disrepair," according to a 2010 study
Miles of railway track in the national freight rail network
Miles of railway track to be refurbished under Obama's proposed infrastructure stimulus
Total amount it would cost to bring America's rail transit network into a state of good repair, according to the Federal Transit Administration
Miles of true high-speed railway in United States
Amount the U.S. plans to spend on developing high speed rail by 2012
Estimated amount China plans to spend over the same timeframe
Number of miles China's high speed rail network will eventually cover
Increase in annual spending on transportation projects recommended by the Congressional Budget Office in 2008, but unheeded by Congress
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