The Army Corp of Engineers rated US infrastructure a D- (and now a D+).
The infrastructure of the US, particularly in the older eastern states, has been significantly neglected and is hampering your economy immensely.
Without adequate infrastructure, no economy. Pure and simple. The cost upgrade infrastructure to adequate roading / transport standards like in Central and Western Europe (German civil engineering building techniques and transport logistics are absolutely world leading) or building structure standards like in earthquake-prone Japan and here in New Zealand (which we both have the strictest building codes in the world [and we bumped them up even more post Chch quake [see sig]. California's earthquake proof standards are significantly lower than both Japan's and New Zealand's) is MASSIVE for the US.
If you don't follow building standards, maintain them and strictly enforce them, people die. Pure and simple. Most, if not all of the deaths from my home city's quakes were either from old masonry from historic buildings falling on people or a building that shouldn't of seen the light of day multiple times if it wasn't for total negligence every single time.
Estimated cost: US $3.6 trillion dollars by 2020.
http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/Edited by chinesekiwi - 6/6/13 at 11:27pm