How will vision drive infrastructure investment?
July 8, 2009
The National Research Council has released a report on a conference devoted to infrastructure quality
that notes the need for a more comprehensive vision for infrastructure maintenance and deployment than the United States has typically exhibited in many decades. The report notes that despite billions of dollars of investment in things like roads, water
treatment, and energy and communications, there has been very little political vision applied to ensuring the quality of those infrastructure systems. Attention is mainly paid when emergencies and disasters come about -- like the failure of the I-35W bridge
in Minneapolis or the impoundment failure in Kingston, Tennessee
-- rather than as a matter for regular and intentional public debate.
last revised July 2009