Missouri Chapter History
A Brief History by Vijay K. Bhasin, P.E.
One purpose of the history of this chapter is to illustrate the remarkable impact that public works has on all of our lives. The construction and maintenance of a public works system reflects both historical achievements and present-day challenges. In St. Louis, on a single day, over 300,000 cars pass through the intersection of I-70 and I-270. To maintain streets, city crews repair more than 200 potholes during the peak summer days. In supplying water, the Missouri American Water Company must be mindful that approximately 5 million toilet flushes occur each day, each flush requiring about 5 gallons of water. It is clear that the task of providing public works is a dynamic and demanding responsibility.