Washington Post: Six maps that show the anatomy of America’s vast infrastructure

Tim Meko reported in The Washington Post on Dec. 1, 2016 about then President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to invest about $550 billion in new infrastructure projects across the country was a central theme in his campaign.

The United States Electric grid.   There are more than 3,300 power utilities and about 7,700 power plants that produce and distribute electricity to homes, businesses and other consumers. That electricity travels through more than 160,000 miles of high-voltage electric transmission lines that reach into every nook and cranny of the country.  Experts describe the nation’s electrical grid as a patchwork of utilities, with transmission and distribution facilities — some dating to the 1800s — that will ultimately break down unless hundreds of billions of dollars are invested. Click illustration for maps of other types of infrastructure.

The United States Electric grid. There are more than 3,300 power utilities and about 7,700 power plants that produce and distribute electricity to homes, businesses and other consumers. That electricity travels through more than 160,000 miles of high-voltage electric transmission lines that reach into every nook and cranny of the country. Experts describe the nation’s electrical grid as a patchwork of utilities, with transmission and distribution facilities — some dating to the 1800s — that will ultimately break down unless hundreds of billions of dollars are invested. Click illustration for maps of other types of infrastructure.

“We’re going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none. And we will put millions of our people to work as we rebuild it,” Trump said.

Details are still murky, but it appears that the plan will rely on tax credits to spur private investment.

Click on this link to see maps and references that show the massive scope of America’s infrastructure using data from OpenStreetMap and various government sources. They provide a glimpse into where that half-trillion dollars may be invested.

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