ROADSIDE PROBLEMS ON THE INTERSTATE SYSTEM: DRAINAGE AND EROSION CONTROL ASPECTS

RECONSTRUCRION OF DRAINAGE AND EROSION CONTROL SYSTEMS AND PROVISIONS FOR FUTURE IMPROVEMENTS SHOULD BE BASED ON REASONABLE NEEDS FOR BOTH HIGHWAY AND ADJACENT COMMUNITIES. HIGHWAY DEPARTMENTS, TURNPIKE COMMISSIONS, OTHER HIGHWAY AUTHORITIES, AND THE AFFECTED PROPERTY OWNERS SHOULD BE PROTECTED FROM UNFAIR APPRAISAL OF DRAINAGE OR EROSION CONTROL DAMAGES IN OBTAINING RIGHTS-OF-WAY. THE INCREASING COOPERATION BETWEEN HIGHWAY AND DRAINAGE AUTHORITIES, BASED ON SOUND JUDGMENT OF IMPARTIAL ENGINEERS WHO HAVE SPECIFIC TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE IN THESE FIELDS OF WORKS, HAS BEEN FOUND SUPERIOR TO DECISIONS REACHED BY LITIGATION AND ARBITRARY COMPROMISE. PUBLIC WELFARE SHOULD NOT BE INJURED BY (A) FAILURE TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE DRAINAGE, EROSION CONTROL, AND FLOOD CONTROL IMPROVEMENTS FOR DEVELOPMENT OF RESIDENTIAL AND INDUSTRIAL PROPERTIES AND OF AGRICULTURAL LAND NEEDED TO PRODUCE FOOD, FIBER, AND TIMBER, OR (B) LACK OF HIGHWAYS OR TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES REQUIRED TO MOVE THESE PRODUCTS FROM THE FARM OR FACTORY TO THE CONSUMER. THE COMMITTEE ON INTERRELATIONSHIP OF HIGHWAY AND AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING HAS SUGGESTED THE FOLLOWING POINTS AS SUITABLE POLICY CONSIDERATIONS FOR MEETING AGRICULTURAL REQUIREMENTS OF ADJOINING LANDS: (1) THE HIGHWAY AUTHORITY WOULD RECONSTRUCT AFFECTED PORTIONS OF EXISTING DRAINAGE SYSTEMS TO THE APPROXIMATE STANDARD WHICH EXISTED PRIOR TO CONSTRUCTION OF THE HIGHWAY AND PROVIDE OPPORTUNITY FOR FUTURE DRAINAGE AND FLOOD CONTROL IMPROVEMENTS ON ADJACENT PROPERTIES, TO THE STANDARDS AGREED ON IN THE STATE. (2) PAYMENT OF DAMAGES IN LIEU OF RECONSTRUCTING EXISTING DRAINAGE SYSTEMS OR IN LIEU OF PROVIDING THE OPPORTUNITY FOR FUTURE DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS WOULD BE AVOIDED WHEREVER IT IS PRACTICAL TO DO SO. (3) THE HIGHWAY AUTHORITY WOULD CONSTRUCT AND MAINTAIN BRIDGES AND CULVERTS FOR SURFACE DRAINAGE AND ALL CONDUITS UNDER THE ROADWAY THAT ARE REQUIRED FOR EXISTING AND FUTURE SUBSURFACE DRAINAGE. (4) ALL USERS OF COMMUNITY DRAINAGE SYSTEMS BUILT UNDER DRAINAGE LAWS WOULD BE MUTUAL COOPERATION OR SPECIAL ASSESSMENT PAY FOR CONSTRUCTION, RECONSTRUCTION, AND MAINTENANCE OF THE DRAINAGE SYSTEM IN ACCORDANCE WITH BENEFITS RECEIVED.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • No 496, pp 16-19
  • Authors:
    • Sutton, J G
  • Publication Date: 1957

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  • Accession Number: 00205100
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 22 1971 12:00AM