There has been widespread awareness in the US about what is popularly referred to as crumbling infrastructure. In the presidential election campaign the issue came up repeatedly. One of the reasons, perhaps the most important reason, for the high public awareness about the state of US infrastructure is the Report Card on American Infrastructure produced in 2003 and 2005 by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). I've referred to it multiple times in this blog.
Actually there are similar report cards or efforts underway to assess the state of infrastructure in a number of countries around the World.
2005 Australian Infrastructure Report Card