Street Infrastructure

I have always been annoyed that in some areas, one entity will dig a street up to put in or fix some service then shortly afterwards, another comes along and does it for another service – sometimes shortly after a street surface or footpath has been relaid. In DisneyWorld they put in a network of tunnels in which to lay, refurbish and repair diverse services. Why can this not be done more commonly to reduce life-of-system costs for much infrastructure? When a new footpath is laid, put in two or three pipes to each home or business premises – one ready to feed in communication upgrades at a future point in time, one for under-grounded power in appropriate high density areas and perhaps one for clean rainwater runoff. I notice that tunnelling technologies using high pressure water might make street-at-a-time infrastructure upgrades like this quite cost effective. Trick might be to negotiate appropriate cost sharing between all stakeholders like councils and utilities. Then, even if new hyper-fast mobile technologies evolve quickly, the mix between hardwired installations and cellular take-ups could stay competitive cost-wise and be naturally self-levelling where saturation issues begin to arise.


About adelaidepete

Now live in Adelaide South Australia and have always worked in Systems & Software Engineering. I am enjoying commenting on, suggesting and discussing innovative solutions to problems and useful risk mitigation strategies and recently interested in the realm of public policy re urban planning & disasters - the focus of this blog. I am interested in technology, gadgetry, enhancing productivity & functionality, urban planning, military thinking and public policy. I enjoyed periods I spent in USA (Reston, Virginia Beach & Dallas) & Europe (Germany, Spain, Italy & Greece) but genuinely love Australia, most people, animals, singing, dancing & life.
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