Stephen T. Smith, P.E., authored an article on the cost-benefit analysis of creosote-treated wood compared to non-treated wood materials. The introduction is extracted here:

Creosote-treated wood products have been a vital part of our nation’s physical infrastructure for more than a century. Because they are so cost effective, wood products such as railway ties, cross ties, and bridge timbers, utility poles, and marine and foundation piling that are pressure- treated with creosote continue to be the materials of choice for many industrial, commercial, and governmental end users.

Stephen T. Smith, P.E.

To read the full cost-benefit analysis, visit: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Creosote-Treated Wood vs. Non-Treated Wood Materials