Rehabbing the U.S.

by John Prendergast, Associate Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1991, Vol. 61, Issue 9, Pg. 66-69

Document Type: Feature article


When it comes to protecting its $1.4 trillion investment in public-works infrastructure, the U.S. has been like a homeowner who puts off fixing a leak until the ceiling lands on his head. The article describes the conclusions of a recent report from the Office of Technology Assessment, a research arm of Congress, on infrastructure investment. Delivering the Goods: Public Works Technologies, Management and Financing sets out a three-point program for reform: 1) revise federal investment policies and program management to focus on available technologies and maintenance; 2) increase national investment in public works by 20% and ensure regular annual increases after that; 3) collect information to target short-term R&D to specific technologies to maintain and improve existing facilities, then use the data base to support long-term R&D on future needs.

Subject Headings: Investments | Rehabilitation | Research and development | Leakage | Ceilings | Freight terminals | Financing | Federal government

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