The emergence of hybrid infrastructure—infrastructure that integrates digital technology with physical infrastructure—will be more efficient and sustainable than the concrete roads and bridges of yesteryear. Indeed, these solutions are very much in need, as the United States recently earned a D+ on a infrastructure report card from the American Society of Civil Engineers, with $4.6 trillion in necessary repairs. But new technologies raise the question of whether to prioritize maintaining existing infrastructure or deploying innovative new infrastructure. And either way, Congress has only appropriated $77 billion for transportation and infrastructure improvements in FY2017. So, how do we move forward?
Please join ITIF for an expert panel discussion on how best to strike a balance between maintenance and innovation in future U.S. infrastructure investments.