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5 Findings, Conclusions, and Recommendations
Pages 51-55

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From page 51...
... . The committee concurs with others that America's pup kc works ~nfr~tructure ~ an essential component of our quality of life, domestic productivity, and international competitiveness; that the slow deterioration in many elements of the infrastructure presents an escalating and impending crmm, in some cases posing safety risks; and that deterioration and obsolescence of our ~nhastructure imposes costs on users aDd ultimately imposes constraints on the economic development of communities, regions, and the nation.
From page 52...
... ~ustrati~re areas for common research include materials science, information te~nology, nondestructive evaluation, and urban and regional pla7,ning. A demonstration project mvol~nng the application of nondestructi~re evaluation to urban streets opera art immediate opportunity to illustrate the broad applicabilibr of a par ticular research approach.
From page 53...
... There are effective strategies any techniques for promoting innovation that could be Copter to accelerate technolog~cad improvement of our infrastructure including peer diffusion, support of innovation Champions, the use of demonstrations aDd experiments, the development of mechanisms for resolving public "d professional conflicts, and cooperative research and development. Most of Al, a national research and development strategy for infrastructure must involve potential users early and strengthen the existing in-house research and development capacity within the modes.
From page 54...
... This would mclude gathering information, setting minimum goals and criteria, drawing up a strategic plan for the continuing organization, and identifying immediate targets of opportunity.
From page 55...
... An effort to encourage and strengthen exiting modal efforts in research and development ~ an essential complement to the creation of an organization for focusing on infrastructure research. The committee encourages systematic efforts by organization currently supporting and conducting reteach In the various subsets of infrastructure and suggests that the approach used to create a research program for highways may be worth emulating, especially in linking the research add user communities.

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