FEASIBILITY OF UTILITY TUNNELS IN URBAN AREAS

THE FEASIBILITY OF THE UTILITY TUNNEL CONCEPT IN URBAN AREAS IN ASSOCIATION WITH TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS WAS STUDIED. THE RESEARCH INCLUDED A STUDY OF PAST UTILITY TUNNEL PRACTICES IN THE UNITED STATES, CANADA AND FOREIGN COUNTRIES; AN EXAMINATION OF THE CHARACTERISTICS OF UTILITY AND TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS; AN ANALYSIS OF LEGAL, REGULATING, FINANCING AND ECONOMIC ASPECTS; AND OTHER MATTERS PERTINENT TO THE FEASIBILITY OF UTILITY TUNNEL SYSTEMS. THE RESULTS INDICATED THAT THERE ARE TECHNICAL PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH THE UTILITY TUNNEL CONCEPT BUT THAT THEY CAN BE RESOLVED WITH CURRENT TECHNOLOGY; THAT SEWERAGE SYSTEMS CANNOT GENERALLY BE INCLUDED IN UTILITY TUNNELS; THAT ECONOMIC JUSTIFICATION IS UNLIKELY EXCEPT FOR HIGH DENSITY URBAN AREAS; AND THAT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IS REQUIRED RELATIVE TO TRAFFIC DELAYS, STREET MAINTENANCE AND RECONSTRUCTION REQUIREMENTS, AND OTHER UNQUANTIFIABLE BENEFITS, BEFORE RIGOROUS ECONOMIC ANALYSES COULD BE PERFORMED. /AUTHOR/

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00203172
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FH-11-7328
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 27 1972 12:00AM