Public Infrastructure—Are More Dollars Coming?

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1982, Vol. 52, Issue 12, Pg. 63-65

Document Type: Feature article


The top subject at the October, 1982, New Orleans convention of the American Society of Civil Engineers was the infrastructure finance problem. Noted analysts of the situation, including Pat Choate of TRW Corp. and George Peterson of the Urban Institute, presented an analysis of the problem and approaches to various solutions. It was recommended that all public works functions (including highways, water supply, sewage disposal and treatment and refuse collection) should be fully reimbursed by user charges. Utilities are cited as an example of this method; their charges are high enough to pay for not just operating costs but for replacing old plant and equipment.

Subject Headings: Infrastructure | Water treatment | Urban areas | Highways and roads | Water supply | Sewage | Equipment and machinery | Lifeline systems

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