Infrastructure Visionaries

by T. J. Short, P.E., Proj. Mgr.; Greeley & Hansen, Indianapolis, IN,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1997, Vol. 67, Issue 8, Pg. 63-64


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: The city of Indianapolis is investigating the long-term structural integrity of its infrastructure, in an unusual effort for U.S. municipalities. Most cities are strapped for cash and cannot afford to do preventive maintenance. Indianapolis' privatization programs in the water and wastewater treatment areas provide about $4 million a year that currently is used for assessment programs. One such program is described in detail. This is for the city's large combined sewers, which have the potential for creating great disruption and costs if they fail. The consulting company that conducted the study did visual and video inspections and graded each section of the city's sewers. They recommended repairs and prioritized the needs, as well as suggesting the most viable method of repair. They also estimated the costs to the city. Indianapolis plans to continue to spend money on assessing and repairing their sewers through their privatization programs, which are also described.

Subject Headings: Infrastructure | Municipal government | Structural analysis | Privatization | Financing | Combined sewers | Maintenance

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