Crumbling infrastructure creates national security issue, professor says

11/20/2008 | Minnesota Public Radio

Deteriorating infrastructure in the U.S. is creating a national security issue, according to University of Minnesota Professor Roberto Ballarini. Ballarini, who heads the school's Department of Civil Engineering and was at the site of the I-35W bridge collapse the day after, noted that a push for infrastructure improvements must come from grass roots groups. the American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that the infrastructure needs about $1.6 trillion. "We have a $700 billion (financial) bailout and we have a $700 [billion], $800 billion war, so it's not that we can't generate that money," said Ballarini.

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