Infrastructure in a Hurry

by Gillian G. Wahba, Sr. Staff Engr.; City of Austin, 1524 South IH 35, Austin, TX 78704,
Gary Kosut, Proj. Engr.; City of Austin, 1524 South IH 35, Austin, TX 78704,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1986, Vol. 56, Issue 8, Pg. 46-48

Document Type: Feature article


The City of Austin, Texas has experienced tremendous growth since the early 1970s. Until recently, however, infrastructure development lagged. Now the city is engaged in a $1 billion infrastructure development program. Much of the development is in the water and wastewater areas. Drinking water capacity will be more than double from its existing 165 mg. On the far end of the system, a number of wastewater treatment plants are being constructed, some in as little as 90 days. A 12.5 Mw mass burn resource recovery facility is also being built, that will extend the life of the city's landfill from 20 to 140 years. This energy will contribute to the city's energy needs as well, but not enough. The city is also planning a 400 Mw coal fired plant. An assortment of other road rehabilitation, highway development, airport improvement, park expansion and other infrastructure projects are also being planned. These projects are being coordinated using a specially designed database.

Subject Headings: Urban areas | Infrastructure | Wastewater treatment plants | Highways and roads | Wastewater management | Drinking water | Recycling | Lifeline systems | Texas | United States

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