U.S. Infrastructure Portfolio, Series 23
A sound infrastructure is fundamental to the quality of life and the economic growth and development of
a community. Infrastructure assets help provide products and services that have become essential to
everyday life such as water and wastewater systems, roads, railways, airports, utilities, hospitals, schools
and communications systems. Developing countries realize that infrastructure will play a key role in
economic development and in their ability to attain projected growth rates. However, the need to improve
infrastructure extends beyond rapidly developing countries. The U.S., while considered to be a world
leader in many aspects, lags other developed regions, especially Europe, when it comes to the condition of
its aging infrastructure. The U.S. Infrastructure Portfolio invests in companies that provide products or
services that aid the development and maintenance of our country’s infrastructure system as well as
companies that tend to benefit from an increasing economic growth rate.
The Aging of America
Infrastructure funding gaps in the U.S. are immense in
comparison to the rest of the world. To close the nearly
$2.6 trillion 10-year investment gap, meet future need, and
restore our global competitive advantage, the U.S. must
increase investment from all levels of government and the
private sector from approximately 2.5% to 3.5% of U.S. Gross
Domestic Product by 2025.
- The U.S. has more than 617,000 bridges of which almost
42% are at least 50 years old. Approximately 7.5% of
these bridges are considered structurally deficient,
meaning they are in “poor” condition. The most recent
estimate puts the nation’s backlog of bridge restoration
needs at $125 billion.
- The growing wear and tear to our nation’s roads has left
approximately 43% of our public roadways in poor or
- Our nation continues to under invest in school facilities,
leaving an estimated $40 billion per year gap in funding.
As a result, 24% of public school buildings were rated as
being in fair or poor condition.
- Estimates indicate that utilities spent over $3 billion
in 2019, or more than $18 per wastewater customer
to replace approximately 4,700 miles of pipeline
nationwide. In 2019, the capital investment gap was
- Despite increasing demand, the nation’s transit systems have been continually underfunded.
Currently, there is a $176 billion transit backlog, a deficit that is anticipated to increase to
more than $250 billion through 2029.
Source: American Society of Civil Engineers
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