In his , Donald J. Trump vowed to “rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals.” The investment is long overdue: The American Society of Civil Engineers, in its most recent , rated the country’s infrastructure as a D-plus, just above failing. The group estimates that, by 2025, the nation will need a boost over current funding levels to meet growing needs.
Since 2009, when Barack Obama doled out roughly $800 billion in a , that money’s been hard to come by, blocked by partisanship. But advocates hope the election of Trump, who made his fortune in real estate, could launch a building boom. The Republican president, so used to seeing his name on gilded , , and , could cut a with congressional Democrats, who view public-works projects as an engine for job growth.
Assuming Trump can indeed , we at NationSwell have a few ideas for him to consider. A big, beautiful wall’s not one of them; instead, here’s the top 10 shovel-worthy alternatives we’d like the new administration to undertake.