Innovation—The Key to Local Roads Survival

by A. Wayne Collins, Maricopa County Highway Dep, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering 21st Century Highways


The pressure of trying to get the job done within a limited budget have forced innovations in field operations to support local roads systems. This paper lists a few examples of innovations in barricades, construction of farm equipment crossings, felling of trees, and improvements to water trucks. The paper suggests, however, that the major need is for engineers to use their creative innovative talents to better address public resource issues so that the root of the infrastructure problem - lack of resources - is more fully addressed. Such action is needed if our infrastructure system and national development capacity is to survive.

Subject Headings: Construction equipment | Highways and roads | Highway engineering | Social factors | Budgets | Infrastructure construction | Agriculture | Trees

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