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Much has been heard in recent years about the neglect and the consequent deterioration of the nation’s public infrastructure--the publicly-financed structures and facilities that support essential functions necessary for commerce and the health, safety, and welfare of its citizenry. The public infrastructure includes the bridges, highways, rail lines, power lines, pipelines, dams, waterways, water treatment plants, and other publicly-owned or publicly-regulated structures and ground facilities that are used for transportation (land, water, and air), telecommunications, power generation and distribution, water supply and water and wastewater treatment, and waste disposal.

This guide, an update of TB 91-2, furnishes a review of the literature in the collections of the Library of Congress about the public infrastructure, its history and development, and proposals for its maintenance and improvement. Not intended as a comprehensive bibliography, this compilation is designed--as the name of the series implies--to put the reader "on target."



Ahene, Rexford A., and Bernard S. Katz. Infrastructure. In The McGraw-Hill encyclopedia of economics. 2nd ed. Douglas Greenwald, editor in chief. New York, McGraw-Hill, 1994. p. 543-545.
   HB61.E55 1994 <BusRR>

Ascher, Kate. The works: anatomy of a city. New York, Penguin Press, c2005. 228 p.
   HT166.A786 2005 <SciRR>

Reid, Robert L. Special report: the infrastructure crisis. Civil engineering, v. 78, Jan. 2008: 40-65.
   TA1.C452 and Pamphlet Box <SciRR>

Seldon, Arthur, and F. G. Pennance. Infrastructure. In Everyman’s dictionary of economics. Indianapolis, Liberty Fund, Inc., c2005. p. 351-352. (The collected works of Arthur Seldon, v. 3)
   HB61.S39 2005 <BusRR>



Subject headings used by the Library of Congress, under which books on infrastructure and public works may be located in Library catalogs, include the following:

Highly Relevant






More General


Many of these subject headings may be subdivided geographically, such as “Dams--California--Big Bear Lake” or “Dams--Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico).” Also search by the name of a particular project, such as “Blue Ridge Parkway (N.C. and Va.)” or “Hoover Dam (Ariz. and Nev.)--Design and Construction.” You may also wish to search the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog at //



American Public Works Association. History of public works in the United States, 1776-1976. Editor, Ellis L. Armstrong; associate editors, Michael C. Robinson, Suellen M. Hoy. Chicago, The Association, c1976. 736 p.
   Includes bibliographies.
   HD3885.A63 1976 <SciRR>

Cities and their vital systems: infrastructure past, present, and future. Jesse H. Ausubel and Robert Herman, editors. National Academy of Engineering. Washington, National Academy Press, 1988. 357 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   HT371.C585 1988 and PB89-203376 <SciRR>

Flynn, Stephen E. The edge of disaster: rebuilding a resilient nation. New York, Random House, in cooperation with the Council on Foreign Relations, c2007. 240 p.
   Bibliography: p. 185-228.
   HV551.3.F62 2007

Macionis, John J., and Vincent N. Parrillo. Cities and urban life. 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2007. 468 p.
   Bibliography: p. 441-454.
   HT151.M335 2006

Me, myself, and infrastructure: private lives and public works in America. Gregory K. Dreicer and others. Reston, VA, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2002. 168 p.
   Bibliography: p. 165-167.
   TA23.M42 2002 <SciRR>

Rainer, George. Understanding infrastructure: a guide for architects and planners. New York, Wiley, c1990. 278 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   HC110.C3R25 1990 <SciRR>



Achieving sustainable urban form. Edited by Katie Williams, Elizabeth Burton and Mike Jenks. London, New York, E & FN Spon, 2000. 388 p.
   Bibliography: p. 357-382.
   HT153.A73 2000

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Transportation: invest in America; freight-rail bottom line report. Washington, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, 2002. 123 p.
   Bibliography: p. 123.
   HE196.5.A15 2002

Berlow, Lawrence H. The reference guide to famous engineering landmarks of the world: bridges, tunnels, dams, roads, and other structures. Phoenix, Oryx Press, 1998. 250 p.
   Bibliography: p. 221-228.
   TA15.B42 1998 <SciRR>

Billington, David P. The history of large federal dams: planning, design, and construction in the era of big dams. Denver, CO, U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, 2005. 605 p.
   Bibliography: p. 473-527.
   TC540.B55 2005 <SciRR>

Cleary, Richard Louis. Bridges. New York, Norton; Washington, Library of Congress, c2007. 383 p.
   Bibliography: p. 359-364.
   Norton/Library of Congress visual sourcebooks in architecture, design, and engineering.
   TG300.C54 2007 <SciRR>

Colley, B. C. Practical manual of land development. 4th ed. New York, McGraw-Hill, c2005. 345 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TA151.C65 2005 <SciRR>

Dams. Edited by Donald C. Jackson. Aldershot, Eng., Brookfield, VT, Ashgate, c1997. 364 p. (Studies in the history of civil engineering, v. 4)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TC540.D37 1997 <SciRR>

Dion, Thomas R. Land development for civil engineers. 2nd ed. New York, Wiley, c2002. 796 p.
   TA151.D56 2002 <SciRR>

Fernández Troyano, Leonardo. Bridge engineering: a global perspective. London, Thomas Telford Pub.; Reston, VA, Distributed in the USA by ASCE Press, 2003. 775 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TG145.F47 2003 <SciRR>

Flood risk management: learning to live with rivers. Edited by George Fleming. London, Thomas Telford, 2002.
250 p.
   Bibliography: p. 229-239.
   TC457.F586 2002 <SciRR>

Hartford, Desmond N. D., and Gregory B. Baecher. Risk and uncertainty in dam safety. London, Thomas Telford, c2004. 391 p.
   Bibliography: p. 357-369
   TC550.H37 2004 <SciRR>

Hazel, George, and Roger Parry. Making cities work. Chichester, Eng., Hoboken, NJ, Wiley-Academy, 2004.
192 p.
   Bibliography: p. 192.
   HT166.H385 2004

Highsmith, Carol M., and Ted Landphair. America’s engineering marvels. New York, Crescent Books, 2003. 63 p.
   TA23.H54 2003

Hunter, Louis C. A history of industrial power in the United States, 1780-1930. Published for the Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation by the University Press of Virginia, 1979-1991. Charlottesville, University Press of Virginia, 1979. 3 v.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   HD1694.A5H76 <SciRR>

Infrastructure industries USA. Arsen J. Darnay, ed. Farmington Hills, MI, Gale Group, c2001. 867 p.
   HD9506.U5I53 2001 <BusRR>

Jackson, Donald C. Great American bridges and dams. New York, Wiley,1996. 357 p.
   Bibliography: p. 332-335
   Originally published, Washington, Preservation Press, c1988.
   TG23.J33 1996 <SciRR>

O’Flaherty, Brendan. City economics. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press, 2005. 587 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   HT321.O35 2005 <BusRR>

O’Sullivan, Arthur. Urban economics. 6th ed. Boston, McGraw-Hill/Irwin, c2007. 404 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   HT321.O88 2007 <BusRR>

Pannell, J. P. M. An illustrated history of civil engineering. New York, F. Ungar Pub. Co, 1965, c1964. 376 p.
   Bibliography: p. 369.
   Later ed. published in 1977 under title Man the builder.
   TA15.P35 1965 <SciRR>

Perrow, Charles. The next catastrophe: reducing our vulnerabilities to natural, industrial, and terrorist disasters. Princeton, NJ, Princeton University Press, c2007. 377 p.
   Bibliography: p. 335-353.
   HV551.3.P45 2007

Plowden, David. Bridges: the spans of North America. Rev. ed. New York, Norton, c2002. 339 p.
   Rev. ed. of Bridges. 1974.
   TG22.P55 2002 <SciRR>

Rose, Mark H. Cities of light and heat: domesticating gas and electricity in urban America. University Park, Pennsylvania State University Press, c1995. 229 p.
   Bibliography: p. 203-209.
   HD4606.D33R67 1995 <SciRR>

Schodek, Daniel L. Landmarks in American civil engineering. Cambridge, MA, MIT Press, c1987. 383 p.
   Bibliography: p. 371-378.
   TA23.S36 1987 <SciRR>

The Seventy wonders of the modern world. Edited by Neil Parkyn. New York, Thames & Hudson, 2002. 304 p.
   Bibliography: p. 292-297.
   TA15.S48 2002 <SciRR>

Tobin, James. Great projects: the epic story of the building of America: from the taming of the Mississippi to the invention of the Internet. New York, Free Press, c2001. 322 p.
   Bibliography: p. 305-310.
   TA23.T63 2001 <SciRR>

Urban land use planning. 5th ed. Philip R. Berke and others. Urbana, University of Illinois Press, c2006. 490 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Rev. ed. of Urban land use planning. Edward J. Kaiser, David R. Godschalk, and F. Stuart Chapin, Jr., 4th ed., c1995.
   HT167.U726 2006



Assessing the future: water utility infrastructure management. David M. Hughes, technical editor. Denver, CO, American Water Works Association, c2002. 644 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   HD4461.A86 2002

Batty, Michael. Cities and complexity: understanding cities with cellular automata, agent-based models, and fractals. Cambridge, MA, MIT Press, c2005. 565 p.
   Bibliography: p. 521-544.
   HT166.B3866 2005

Benedict, Mark A., and Edward T. McMahon. Green infrastructure: linking landscapes and communities. Washington, Island Press, c2006. 299 p.
   Bibliography: p. 287-288.
   HD1391.B46 2006 <SciRR>

Block, Walter. The privatization of roads and highways: human and economic factors. Lewiston, NY, E. Mellen Press, c2006. 381 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   HE355.3.E3B66 2006

Digital infrastructures: enabling civil and environmental systems through information technology. Edited by Rae Zimmerman and Thomas Horan. London, New York, Routledge, 2004. 254 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   HC79.C3D485 2004

The Evolving water utility: pathways to higher performance. Garret P. Westerhoff and others; Nancy Zeilig, editor. Denver, CO, American Water Works Association, c2003. 441 p.
   HD4461.E96 2003 <BusRR>

Frumkin, Howard. Urban sprawl and public health: designing, planning, and building for healthy communities. Washington, Island Press, c2004. 338 p.
   Bibliography: p. 279-323.
   HT371.F78 2004

Grigg, Neil S. Assessment and renewal of water distribution systems. Denver, CO, AWWA Research Foundation, c2004. 129 p.
   Bibliography: p. 117-125.
   TD481.G67 2004

Grigg, Neil S. Water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure management. Boca Raton, FL, Lewis Publishers, c2003. 242 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TD159.G75 2003

Groves, Sanford M., and Maureen Godsey Valente. Evaluating financial condition: a handbook for local government. 4th ed. Rev. by Karl Nollenberger. Washington, ICMA, c2003. 224 p.
   Bibliography: p. 223-224.
   HJ9145.G76 2003 <BusRR>

Hayes, Brian. Infrastructure: a field guide to the industrial landscape. New York, W. W. Norton, c2005. 536 p.
   Bibliography: p. 509-523.
   TS190.5.H39 2005

Honadle, Beth Walter, James M. Costa, and Beverly M. Cigler. Fiscal health for local governments: an introduction to concepts, practical analysis and strategies. Amsterdam, Boston, Elsevier Academic Press, c2004. 271 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   HJ9145.H65 2004 <BusRR>

Kone, D. Linda. Land development. 10th ed. Washington, BuilderBooks, 2006. 368 p.
   HD259.K66 2006

Life-cycle performance of deteriorating structures: assessment, design, and management. Editors, Dan M. Frangopol and others. Reston, VA, American Society of Civil Engineers, c2004. 443 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TA440.L495 2004

Lukasik, Stephen J., Seymour E. Goodman, and David W. Longhurst. Protecting critical infrastructures against cyber-attack. Oxford, New York, Oxford University Press, c2003. 98 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   U163.L84 2003

Management innovation in U.S. public water and wastewater systems. Edited by Paul Seidenstat and others. Hoboken, NJ, John Wiley, c2005. 331 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   HD4461.M25 2005

Managing urban water supply. Edited by Donald E. Agthe, R. Bruce Billings, and Nathan Buras. Dordrecht, Boston, Kluwer Academic Publishers, c2003. 274 p. (Water science and technology library, v. 46)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   HD4456.M38 2003 <BusRR>

The Marine transportation system and the federal role: measuring performance, targeting improvement. Committee for a Study of the Federal Role in the Marine Transportation System, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. Washington, Transportation Research Board, 2004. 180 p. (Special report, 279)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   HE745.M382 2004

Miller, John B. Case studies in infrastructure delivery. Boston, Kluwer, c2002. 262 p. and 1 CD-ROM. (Kluwer international series in infrastructure systems. Delivery and finance, ISDF 102)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   HC110.C3M532 2002 <MRC>

Miller, John B. Principles of public and private infrastructure delivery. Boston, Kluwer Academic Publishers, c2000. 645 p. (Kluwer international series in infrastructure systems. Delivery and finance, ISDF 101)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Companion text published 2001 under the title, Case studies in infrastructure delivery.
   HC110.C3M53 2000 <BusRR>

Moody’s project & infrastructure finance sourcebook. New York, Moody’s Investor Service, c2006. 196 p.
   HD2763.A2M66 2006 <BusRR>

Raftelis, George A. Water and wastewater finance and pricing: a comprehensive guide. 3rd ed. Boca Raton, FL, CRC Press, 2005. 406 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Rev. ed. of Comprehensive guide to water and wastewater finance and pricing. 2nd ed. c1993.
   HD4456.R34 2005

The Real and the virtual worlds of spatial planning. Martina Koll-Schretzenmayr, Marco Keiner, Gustav Nussbaumer, eds. Berlin, New York, Springer, c2004. 350 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   HT166.R33673 2004

Savas, Emanuel S. Privatization in the city: successes, failures, lessons. Washington, CQ Press, c2005. 335 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   HD3890.N7S38 2005

Scudder, Thayer. The future of large dams: dealing with social, environmental, institutional and political costs. London, Sterling, VA, Earthscan, 2006. 389 p.
   Bibliography: p. 339-373.
   TC540.S435 2006

Seger, Karl A. Revenue protection: combating utility theft & fraud. Tulsa, OK, PennWell Corporation, c2005. 215 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   HD2763.S43 2005

Utility rate structures: investigating international principles and customer views. Prepared by Hudson Bell and others. Denver, CO, AWWA Research Foundation, c2005. 136 p.
   Bibliography: p. 127-133.
   HD4456.U854 2005 <BusRR>

Vogt, A. John. Capital budgeting and finance: a guide for local governments. Chapel Hill, Institute of Government, University of North Carolina, c2004. 408 p.
   Bibliography: p. 401-406.
   HJ9147.V64 2004 <BusRR>

Water infrastructure at a turning point: the road to sustainable asset management. A report sponsored by the AWWA Water Utility Council. Denver, CO, American Water Works Association, c2006. 54 p. and 1 CD-ROM.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TD223.W2918 2006 <MRC>

WaterWorld directory of municipal water & wastewater systems. 4th ed. Tulsa, OK, PennWell Pub. Co., c1998.
969 p.
   HD4661.W38 4th ed., 1999 <SciRR>



Johnson, Stephen, and Roberto T. Leon. Encyclopedia of bridges and tunnels. New York, Facts on File, 2002.
381 p.
   Bibliography: p. 365-368.
   TG9.J64 2002 <SciRR>

Moskowitz, Harvey S., and Carl G. Lindbloom. The latest illustrated book of development definitions. New expanded ed. New Brunswick, NJ, Center for Urban Policy Research, 2004. 464 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   HT167.M683 2004

Rainer, George. Understanding infrastructure: a guide for architects and planners. New York, Wiley, c1990. 278 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   HC110.C3R25 1990 <SciRR>



IEEE International Workshop on Critical Infrastructure Protection (1st, 2005, Darmstadt, Germany). First IEEE International Workshop on Critical Infrastructure Protection: proceedings: IWCIP 2005, 3-4 November 2005, Darmstadt, Germany. Editors, Bernhard M. Hämmerli, Stephen D. Wolthusen. Sponsored by IEEE Task Force on Information Assurance in cooperation with Special Interest Group on Critical Infrastructure Protection (FG KRITIS) of the German Gesellschaft für Informatik. Los Alamitos, CA, IEEE Computer Society, c2005. 119 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   QA76.9.A25I339 2005

National Transportation Security Summit (3rd, 2005, San Jose, CA). Third National Transportation Security Summit: rail security, a symposium on terrorism and business continuity, September 29, 2005. San Jose, CA, Mineta Transportation Institute, College of Business, San José State University, 2006. 112 p. (FHWA/CA/OR-2006/25) (MTI report, S-05-02.)
   Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation University Transportation Centers Program.
   Performed for California Dept. of Transportation and U.S. Dept. of Transportation Research and Special Programs Administration under contract no. 65W136.
   HE194.5.U6N38 2006

NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Protection of Civilian Infrastructure from Acts of Terrorism (2004, Moscow, Russia). Protection of civilian infrastructure from acts of terrorism. Edited by Konstantin V. Frolov and Gregory B. Baecher. Dordrecht, Springer, c2006. 254 p. (NATO security through science series. Series C, Environmental security, v. 12)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Protection of Civilian Infrastructure from Acts of Terrorism, Moscow, Russia, May 27-29, 2004.
   HV6431.N38343 2004

NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Security of Water Supply systems: from source to tap (2005, Murter, Croatia). Security of water supply systems: from source to tap. Edited by Jaroslav Pollert and Bozidar Dedus. Dordrecht, Springer, c2006. 182 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Security of Water Supply Systems: from source to tap, Murter, Croatia, 27-31 May 2005.
   TD481.N38 2005

Promoting the general welfare: new perspectives on government performance. Alan S. Gerber, Eric M. Patashnik, editors. Washington, Brookings Institution Press, c2006. 344 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Papers originally presented at a conference held at the University of Virginia in November 2004.
   HV95.P7375 2006



The Benefits and costs of highway and transit investments: highlights of an expert panel. Washington, U.S. Government Accountability Office, 2005. 98 p.
   Bibliography: p. 91-97.
   “Highlights of GAO-05-423SP.”
   HE355.3.E3B46 2005

Maryland. Task Force to Study Moving Overhead Utility Lines Underground. Task force to study moving overhead utility lines underground. Annapolis, MD, Dept. of Legislative Services, Office of Policy Analysis, 2003. 84 p.
   TD168.M37 2003

United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Annual report fiscal year 2005 (1 Oct 2004 - 30 Sept 2005) of the Secretary of the Army on civil works activities. Washington, Dept. of the Army, Office of the Assistant Secretary, 2005. 2 v.
   TA23.U525a pt. 1 2005 and TA23.U525a pt. 2 2005

United States. Congress. House. Committee on Science and Technology. Bridge safety: next steps to protect the nation's critical infrastructure: hearing before the Committee on Science and Technology, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, first session, September 19, 2007. Washington, U.S. G.P.O., 2008. 96 p.
   "Serial no. 110-53."
   KF27.S39 2007e < Law >

United States. Department of Homeland Security. National infrastructure protection plan. Washington, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, 2006. 179 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   HC110.C3U555 2006 <BusRR>

United States. General Accounting Office. Critical infrastructure protection: challenges for selected agencies and industry sectors: report to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives. Washington, GAO, 2003. 66 p. (GAO-03-233)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   HC110.C3U56 2003

United States. General Accounting Office. Surface transportation: many factors affect investment decisions: report to the ranking minority member, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, U.S. Senate. Washington, GAO, 2004. 54 p. (GAO-04-744)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   HE199.9.U54 2004

United States. Government Accountability Office. Commercial aviation: costs and major factors influencing infrastructure changes at U.S. airports to accommodate the new A380 aircraft: report to the Chairman, Subcommittee on Aviation, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House of Representatives. Washington, GAO, 2006. 91 p. (GAO-06-571)
   HE9797.4.E3.U54 2006

United States. Government Accountability Office. Critical infrastructure protection: progress coordinating government and private sector efforts varies by sectors characteristics: report to congressional requesters. Washington, GAO, 2006. 63 p. (GAO-07-39)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   HC110.C3U56 2006

Virginia. State Corporation Commission. A task force study to determine the operation and effectiveness of section 56-265.17:1 and section 56-265.19G of the Underground Utility Damage Prevention Act: report of the State Corporation Commission to the Governor and the General Assembly of Virginia. Richmond, VA, Commonwealth of Virginia, 2005. 1 v. (Senate Document, no. 4)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TD168.V56 2005



TECHNICAL REPORTS and other types of literature may be identified in the following abstracting and indexing journals:

Government Reports Announcements & Index (1946- )
   Z7916.G78 <SciRR A&I> and electronic format

Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications (1895-)
   URL: http://catalog.gpo.goc(1976-)
   Z1223.A18 <SciRR A&I> and Electronic format



These selected reports are available in the technical reports collection of the Science, Technology & Business Division. Other reports on the topic may be purchased from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), 5825 Port Royal Road, Springfield, Virginia 22161. NTIS telephone: (703) 605-6585. NTIS web site URL:

Critical infrastructure protection: sector-specific plans’ coverage of key cyber security elements varies. Washington, Government Accountability Office, 2007. 54 p. (GAO-08-113)

Influenza pandemic: opportunities exist to address critical infrastructure protection challenges that require federal and private sector coordination. Washington, Government Accountability Office, 2007. 51 p. (GAO-08-36)

Kirk, Robert S., and William J. Mallett. Highway bridges: conditions and the federal/state role. Washington, Congressional Research Service, 2007. 19 p. (CRS-RL34127)

Moteff, John. Critical infrastructure: the National Asset Database. Washington, Congressional Research Service, 2007. 20 p. (CRS-RL33648)

Moteff, John. Critical infrastructures: background, policy, and implementation. Washington, Congressional Research Service, 2006. 36 p. (CRS-RL30153)

Surface transportation: strategies are available for making existing road infrastructure perform better. Washington, Government Accountability Office, 2007. 56 p. (GAO-07-920)

Trends in public spending on transportation and water infrastructure, 1956 to 2004. Washington, Congressional Budget Office, 2007. 38 p. (CBO/PUB-2880)



DISSERTATIONS may be identified by using online resources or the following indexes located in the Main Reading Room. Consult any reference librarian about options. Some dissertations may be available in full text through electronic resources on public terminals at the Library of Congress.

Comprehensive Dissertation Index (1861-1972)
   Z5053.X47 1973

Comprehensive Dissertation Index. Supplement (1973- annual)

Dissertation Abstracts International (1938- monthly)
   Z5053.D57 and Electronic format



Binder, Michael P. Integration of sustainable infrastructure at a neighborhood scale. Ann Arbor, MI, University Microfilms, 2007.
   UMI publication number AAT 1439192
   Collation of the original: 80 p.
   Thesis (masters)--University of Maryland, College Park, 2006.

Chen, Ping. Extension and combination of economic input output models for assessing critical infrastructure system interdependencies. Ann Arbor, MI, University Microfilms, 2007.
   UMI publication number AAT 3229876
   Collation of the original: 148 p.
   Thesis (doctoral)--Carnegie Mellon University, 2006.

Chiara, Nicola. Real option methods for improving economic risk management in infrastructure project finance. Ann Arbor, MI, University Microfilms, 2006.
   UMI publication number AAT 3213487
   Collation of the original: 158 p.
   Thesis (doctoral)--Columbia University, 2006.

Gong, Liying. Optimal spatial sampling of infrastructure condition: a life-cycle-based approach under uncertainty. Ann Arbor, MI, University Microfilms, 2007.
   UMI publication number AAT 3226462
   Collation of the original: 288 p.
   Thesis (doctoral)--The Ohio State University, 2006.

Jeong, Hyung Seok. Development of consequence mitigation models for water infrastructure networks against intentional physical attacks. Ann Arbor, MI, University Microfilms, 2005.
   UMI publication number AAT 3178435
   Collation of the original: 242 p.
   Thesis (doctoral)--Purdue University, 2005.

Lee, Sangwook. Digital color image processing system for civil infrastructure health assessment and monitoring: steel bridge coating case. Ann Arbor, MI, University Microfilms, 2006.
   UMI publication number AAT 3191509
   Collation of the original: 180 p.
   Thesis (doctoral)--Purdue University, 2005

Schneider, Kevin Paul. Analysis of critical infrastructure interactions. Ann Arbor, MI, University Microfilms, 2006.
   UMI publication number AAT 3201553
   Collation of the original: 162 p.
   Thesis (doctoral)--University of Washington, 2005.

Simpson, Amanda Rae. Evaluation of GASB-34 modified approach requirements to identify strengths and weaknesses in current municipal asset management systems for sewer and water infrastructure. Ann Arbor, MI, University Microfilms, 2007.
   UMI publication number AAT 1438158
   Collation of the original: 113 p.
   Thesis (masters)--Michigan State University, 2006.

Vial, Jose Fernando. Interlinking interregional economic models with infrastructure networks: three essays. Ann Arbor, MI, University Microfilms, 2007.
   UMI publication number AAT 3223738
   Collation of the original: 184 p.
   Thesis (doctoral)--University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, 2006.


Abstracting and indexing services that index relevant journal articles and other literature are listed below. Some suggested terms for searching are “infrastructure,” “public works,” or other headings, depending upon the topic of interest. Many of the titles may now be available in electronic format. Consult a reference librarian for the location and format of abstracting and indexing services.

Applied Science & Technology Index (1913- )
   Z7913.I7 <SciRR A&I> and Electronic format

Current Technology Index (1962- )
   Z7913.B7 <SciRR A&I >

Engineering Index (1884- )
   Z5851.E62 <SciRR A&I >and Electronic format

General Science Index (1978-)
   Z7401.G46 and Electronic format

Index to Current Urban Documents (1972-)
   Z7165.U5I654 <N&CPRR>

PAIS International in Print (1915-)
   Z7164.E2P34 <N&CPRR> and Electronic format

Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature (1900-)
   AI3.R48 <BusRR> and Electronic format



Journals that often contain articles relevant to infrastructure and public works:

American City & County
Civil Engineering
ENR (Engineering News Record)
TA1.E6 and Microfilm 02798
Journal of Infrastructure Systems TA23.J68
Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice
Journal of Urban Economics HT321.J68
Nation's Cities Weekly Current issues only in N&CPRR and Microfilm (o) 86/132
Power Planner HD3881.C67
Public Works TD1.P8
Public Works Financing HD3840.R38
Public Works Management & Policy HD3881.P83



Anas, Alex, and Hyok-Joo Rhee. When are urban growth boundaries not second-best policies to congestion tolls? Journal of urban economics, v. 61, Mar. 2007: 263-286.

Bartle, John R. The sustainable development of U. S. air transportation: the promise of challenge and reform. Public works management & policy, v. 10, Jan. 2006: 214-224.

Brock, Ed. Leaky old pipes lead to a sinking feeling: aging water infrastructures cause sinkholes. American city & county, v. 122, June 2007: 12-14.

Chiara, Nicola, Michael J. Garvin, and Jan Vecer. Valuing simple multiple-exercise real options in infrastructure projects. Journal of infrastructure systems, v. 13, June 2007: 97-104.

Durango-Cohen, Pablo L., and Pattharin Sarutipand. Capturing interdependencies and heterogeneity in the management of multifacility transportation infrastructure systems. Journal of infrastructure systems, v. 13, June 2007: 115-123.

Kiel, Katherine A., and Michael Williams. The impact of Superfund sites on local property values: are all sites the same? Journal of urban economics, v. 61, Jan. 2007:170-192.

Leuenberger, Deniz. Sustainable development in public administration: a match with practice? Public works management and policy, v. 10, Jan. 2006: 195-201.

Poole, Jr., Robert W. In defense of leasing toll roads. Public works financing, v. 213, Feb. 2007: 22-31.

Shiraki, Nobuhiko, and others. System risk curves: probabilistic performance scenarios for highway networks subject to earthquake damage. Journal of infrastructure systems, v. 13, Mar. 2007: 43-54.

Vanrenterghem-Raven, A. Risk factors of structural degredation of an urban water distribution system. Journal of infrastructure systems, v. 13, Mar. 2007: 55-64.

Young, John. The infrastructure challenge: public-private partnerships offer a solution. Journal (American Water Works Association), v. 99, Apr. 2007: 56-60.



Selected materials available in the Science Reading Room pamphlet boxes include the following:

America needs some political backbone. ENR, v. 259, Aug.13, 2007: 10-11.

Amin, Massoud, and Phillip F. Schewe. Preventing blackouts. Scientific American, v. 296, May 2007: 60-67.

Auerswald, Philip, and others. The challenge of protecting critical infrastructure. Issues in science and technology, v. 22, fall 2005: 77-83.

Baker, Donald, and others. Clean and green: mother nature guides the newest stormwater management practices. American city & county, v. 122, Mar. 2007: 40-44.

Bartle, John R., and Deniz Leuenberger. The idea of sustainable development in public administration. Public works management & policy, v. 10, Jan. 2006: 191-194.

Brock, Ed. On parallel tracks: new transportation projects combine light rail with highway expansion to relieve urban traffic. American city & county, v. 122, Nov. 2006: 36-41.

Cromwell, John E., Elisa Speranza, and Haydn Reynolds. The infrastructure “crisis”? Journal (American Water Works Association), v. 99, Apr. 2007: 109-115.

Evaluating bridge structures. Advanced materials & processes, v. 165, Nov. 2007: 56-57.

Hawley, Pat. Future perfect: traffic impact assessment and funding. Public works, v. 137, Sept. 2006: 71, 73.

Kuharich, Rod, and others. Reserving resources. Public works, v. 137, Aug. 2006: 24-28.

Leavitt, William M., and John J. Kiefer. Infrastructure interdependency and the creation of a normal disaster: the case of Hurricane Katrina and the City of New Orleans. Public works management & policy, v. 10, Apr. 2006: 306-314.

Sorebsen, Paul A., and Brian D. Taylor. Innovations in road finance: examining the growth in electronic tolling. Public works management & policy, v. 11, Oct. 2006: 110-125.

Taylor, Brian D., and others. Responding to security threats in the post-9/11 era: a portrait of U. S. urban public transit. Public works management & policy, v. 11, July 2006: 3-17.

Transportation officials outline needs for linking modes and nodes. ENR, v. 260, Jan. 28, 2008: 22-26.

Workman, James G. How to fix our dam problems. Issues in science and technology, v. 24, fall 2007: 31-42



American Public Works Association (APWA)
2345 Grand Boulevard, Suite 700
Kansas City, MO 64108-2625
Telephone: (816) 472-6100
Fax: (816) 472-1610
Toll-Free: (800) 848-APWA

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
1801 Alexander Bell Drive
Reston, VA 20191
Telephone: (703) 295-6300
Toll-Free: (800) 548-2723



The Internet offers a number of sites useful for finding information on infrastructure and public works. Several of the organizations listed above provide links to related sites from their web sites. You might try the sites described below, or use your favorite search engine (such as Google or Yahoo) and appropriate key words to identify more specific resources.

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

American Water Works Association (AWWA)

Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM)

ASCE Committee on Critical Infrastructure (CCI)

ASCE Report Card for America’s Infrastructure

Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies (AMSA)

Association of State Dam Safety Officials

Center for Architecture, Design, and Engineering (Library of Congress)
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Civil Connection

Clean Water Council (CWC)

Council of Infrastructure Financing Authorities (CIFA)

Critical Infrastructure Blog (ASCE)

Dam Safety Coalition

Historic American Engineering Record (HAER)

Homeland Security

Infrastructure Report Card 2005 (ASCE)

National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center (NISAC)

National League of Cities (NLC)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission

National Transportation Library

Partnership for Critical Infrastructure Security (PCIS)

Project for Public Spaces (PPS)

Public Works Historical Society (PWHS)

Risk Analysis and Management for Critical Asset Protection (RAMCAP)

Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). SAFETEA-LU authorizes the Federal surface transportation programs for highways, highway safety, and transit for the 5-year period 2005-2009.

THOMAS: Legislative information from the Library of Congress

TISP: The Infrastructure Security Partnership (TISP)

Urban Land Institute (ULI)

Water Infrastructure Security (EPA)

Wireless Infrastructure Association (PCIA)

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