The Race to Rebuild: America's Infrastructure

About the Show

Infrastructure is defined as “the underlying foundation or basic framework of a system or organization.” In the United States, those systems, the backbones of our highways, bridges, levees, power grids and pipelines are crumbling. The American Society of Civil Engineers has given our nation’s infrastructure a near failing grade of “D” overall. Trillions may be needed to rebuild critical public infrastructure. If not, more catastrophic failures similar to the Minneapolis I-35W Bridge Collapse in 2007 and the San Bruno, Calif., gas transmission line explosion in September of 2010 could occur.

In the CNBC Original Production “Race To Rebuild: America’s Infrastructure,” Michelle Caruso-Cabrera takes viewers inside the infrastructure problem and asks the experts and policy makers what’s being done to put the nation back on track. Should the private sector be enlisted to help rebuild failing infrastructure? Will President Obama’s proposed $50 billion in funding for fixing roads, bridges, rail lines and airports be enough? “Race to Rebuild: America’s Infrastructure” searches for innovative answers to a national crisis.

Guest Blog

  • The Race to Rebuild America's Infrastructure: Channeling George Washington
    By: Dan McNichol|Journalist and Author
    Friday, 4 Nov 2011 | 9:18 AM ET
    George Washington

    Paraphrasing George, today we find ourselves with the Chinese to our right and the Europeans to our left. As a result, we need to open a wide door and make a smooth way for produce to pass to our markets before the trade gets into another channel.

  • How an ePlatform Can Help Modernize the World’s Infrastructure
    By: Ryan J. Orr|Co-Founder, Zanbato
    Thursday, 17 Nov 2011 | 11:12 AM ET
    Construction Site

    Instead of investing in highways, ports, high-speed rail projects, and modern utilities, the U.S. has for decades continued putting new coats of paint on the same cracked wall. As a result, Americans continue to sit in hours of traffic each day and trade is hampered by congested ports and entryways.

  • Norman Mineta: Better Infrastructure is Essential to American Economic Prosperity
    By: Norman Y. Mineta|Former US Transportation Secretary
    Tuesday, 1 Nov 2011 | 11:29 AM ET
    Collapsed bridge

    Looking at the current forecast models for gridlock, the consequences of inaction are significant both at home and when examining our global competitiveness.

  • The Great Regression of America's Infrastructure
    By: Dan McNichol|Author
    Wednesday, 26 Oct 2011 | 9:48 AM ET
    Potholes in road

    America is in the midst of physical decline. Decades of infrastructure neglect are eroding centuries of economic progress. Call it: The Great Regression.

Web Extras

  • Race to Rebuild: America's Infrastructure   Monday, 26 Sep 2011 | 12:00 AM ET
    Race to Rebuild: America's Infrastructure

    CNBC reveals how our nation's bridges, roads and pipelines are in desperate need of repair, and searches for solutions.

  • Obama & the Keystone Pipeline   Wednesday, 28 Sep 2011 | 7:45 PM ET
    Obama & the Keystone Pipeline

    CNBC's Bertha Coombs has the details on whether the Obama administration will give the final approval to build the $7 billion Keystone XL project.

  • Business Cost of an Aging Infrastructure   Thursday, 29 Sep 2011 | 10:00 AM ET
    Business Cost of an Aging Infrastructure

    Shipping company UPS estimates a five-minute delay for every UPS vehicle every day costs the company $100 million annually. Many of those delays could be avoided if roads were in better condition. Here, CEO Scott Davis talks about the need to improve the country¿s infrastructure.

  • A123 CEO on Jobs & Competition   Thursday, 8 Dec 2011 | 2:35 PM ET
    A123 CEO on Jobs & Competition

    David Vieau, A123 Systems president & CEO, discusses the tough year for his company, and how he plans to rebuild after laying off 125 workers from a Michigan plant.

  • FedEx's Global View   Thursday, 8 Dec 2011 | 2:18 PM ET
    FedEx's Global View

    Gene Huang, FedEx chief economist, discusses the state of the global economy and how his company plans to deliver profits this holiday season.

  • Increasing America's Competitive Edge   Thursday, 8 Dec 2011 | 2:05 PM ET
    Increasing America's Competitive Edge

    Building strategies to keep America competitive and revitalize its manufacturing base, with Chad Holliday, Bank of America chairman of the board.

  • Race to Rebuild: Regulation Power Strangle

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera takes a look at whether regulations are strangling the ability for power companies to improve our nation's infrastructure.

  • Repairing America's Infrastructure   Thursday, 17 Nov 2011 | 7:45 PM ET
    Repairing America's Infrastructure

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports on a plan to use off-shore drilling royalties to pay for America's infrastructure rebuild.

  • Race to Rebuild: CA High-Speed Rail   Thursday, 17 Nov 2011 | 4:00 PM ET
    Race to Rebuild: CA High-Speed Rail

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports on California's proposal to build a high-speed rail system, but Congress could derail that plan.

  • Pipeline Raises Tough Choice: Jobs vs Environment Wednesday, 28 Sep 2011 | 4:46 PM ET

    “We’re building what is the largest infrastructure project in North America,” said TransCanada spokesman James Miller, expressing confidence the pipeline will be approved. “We’re putting a lot of people to work.”

  • Can Infrastructure Be Fixed?   Thursday, 17 Nov 2011 | 2:53 PM ET
    Can Infrastructure Be Fixed?

    Ed Rendell, former Pennsylvania governor, discusses what it will take to improve America's infrastructure.

  • Infrastructure: Private Sector Solution?   Friday, 11 Nov 2011 | 7:53 PM ET
    Infrastructure: Private Sector Solution?

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera takes a look at the state of our nation's crumbling infrastructure, and whether there's a role for private sector investment.

  • Danger Underground   Thursday, 10 Nov 2011 | 12:04 AM ET
    Danger Underground

    There are 2.5 million miles of pipelines criss-crossing our country, and the age of some of those pipelines is raising concern. CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera takes a look at what happens when pipelines fail, and what is being done to prevent disasters.

  • Levees on the Brink   Thursday, 10 Nov 2011 | 12:03 AM ET
    Levees on the Brink

    The American Society of Civil Engineers rates our nation's 100,000 miles of levees with a grade of a D-. So what area of the country is most at risk for a levee failure?

  • The I-35W Bridge Collapse   Thursday, 10 Nov 2011 | 12:02 AM ET
    The I-35W Bridge Collapse

    The Minneapolis Bridge Collapse in 2007 was a real awakening when it comes to the state of our infrastructure. CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera meets with one family that experienced that awaking first hand.

  • State of Our Nation's Bridges   Thursday, 10 Nov 2011 | 12:01 AM ET
    State of Our Nation's Bridges

    America's infrastructure crisis stretches coast to coast. One of the worst problems facing the country -- the state of our nation's bridges.

  • Building the Seaport Infrastructure   Friday, 28 Oct 2011 | 7:00 PM ET
    Building the Seaport Infrastructure

    Kurt Nagle, president & CEO, American Association of Port Authorities, discusses the need for Federal investment in ports as well as the ways in which a lack of investment damages American competitiveness.

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  • America's infrastructure is crumbling with potentially deadly consequences. CNBC reveals how our nation's bridges, roads and pipelines are in desperate need of repair and searches for solutions to the crisis.

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