UNDERGROUND UTILITY TUNNELS

AS UNDERGROUND CONGESTION BENEATH CITY STREETS GROWS WORSE FROM THE ACCUMULATION OF UTILITY PIPES OVER PAST DECADES, THE PROBLEM OF MAINTAINING PAVEMENTS BECOMES MORE DIFFICULT. A SERIES OF STUDIES TO DETERMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF COMBINING EFFECTIVE CIVIL DEFENSE SHELTERS WITH THE PEACETIME USERS OF VARIOUS URBAN STRUCTURES ARE CURRENTLY IN PROGRESS AT THE OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LABORATORY. AS PART OF THIS PROGRAM, THE FEASIBILITY OF INSTALLING UNDERGROUND WALK-THROUGH UTILITY TUNNELS, KNOWN AS UTILIDORS, IN URBAN AREAS AND THE POSSIBILITY OF USING THESE TUNNELS AS SHELTERS IN THE EVENT OF NUCLEAR ATTACK HAS BEEN ASSESSED. COST-COMPARISON FIGURES ESTIMATED FOR UTILITY TUNNELS IN WHITE PLAINS, N. Y. SEEM TO BEAR OUT THE CLAIM THAT UTILITY TUNNELS ARE MORE EXPENSIVE ON A FIRST-COST BASIS. INSTALLATION OF UTILITY TUNNELS IN NEW CITIES OR URBAN RENEWAL AREAS WOULD PROVIDE A POTENTIAL SOLUTION TO A NUMBER OF PROBLEMS RELATED TO THE USE OF CITY STREETS BY HEAVY TRUCKS, IN ADDITION TO THEIR USE FOR CONVENTIONAL UTILITIES OR NEW UTILITIES. THESE INCLUDE USE OF THE TUNNELS TO TRANSFER GOODS TO AND FROM BUSINESSES LOCATED WITHIN THE AREA AND TO TRANSFER LETTER MAIL USING PNEUMATIC METHODS (TUBE MAIL). /AUTHOR/

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    • Vol 93, No 9, PP 27-32
  • Authors:
    • BOEGLY, W J
    • Griffith, W L
  • Publication Date: 1971-9

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  • Accession Number: 00209547
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 25 1971 12:00AM