JOINT HIGHWAY-URBAN REDEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

THE ACCELERATED HIGHWAY PROGRAM IN PENNSYLVANIA HAS CREATED THE PROBLEM OF A SHORTAGE OF SUFFICIENT QUALIFIED HIGHWAY PERSONNEL FOR CONSTRUCTION AS WELL AS FOR LEGAL WORK. IN A FEW INSTANCES, A CONTRACT HAS BEEN ENTERED INTO WITH A CONSULTANT TO DESIGN THE PROJECT, ACQUIRE THE RIGHT- OF-WAY AND SUPERVISE AND INSPECT THE CONSTRUCTION. ANOTHER METHOD, WHICH IS CURRENTLY BEING USED IS TO CONTRACT WITH THE LOCAL URBAN REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY TO ACQUIRE THE PROPERTY, RELOCATE THE FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES AND CLEAR THE RIGHT-OF-WAY BY LOCATING UTILITIES AND DEMOLISHING THE STRUCTURES. THE ADVANTAGE TO BE GAINED BY THE STATE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT UTILIZING A LOCAL PUBLIC AGENCY IS THAT IT FREES HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT RIGHT-OF-WAY PERSONNEL, APPRAISERS AND ATTORNEYS FROM THESE PROBLEMS WHICH NECESSARILY ACCOMPANY AN URBAN PROJECT. SECONDLY, THE PROBLEM OF ANSWERING THE BUREAU OF PUBLIC ROADS CITATIONS WILL BE PRACTICALLY ELIMINATED BECAUSE BPR RECOGNIZES THE ACQUISITION PRACTICES AND PROCEDURES OF THE URBAN RENEWAL PROJECT AS BEING COMPATIBLE WITH THEIRS. ALSO, BPR WILL ACCEPT THE AUDIT OF HUD AS PROTECTING THE FEDERAL INTEREST AND, APPARENTLY, WILL NOT FEEL THE NEED TO CONDUCT ITS OWN AUDIT. IN ORDER TO PROTECT PROPOSED RIGHT-OF-WAY FOR A REASONABLE TIME, THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAYS HAS HAD AN AGREEMENT APPROVED BY BPR REGION 2 TO COVER THE SITUATION. THIS AGREEMENT IS PRESENTED. IF THE URBAN RENEWAL PROJECT IS NOT RECEIVING FUNDS FROM HUD AND IT IS A LOCAL OR STATE- SPONSORED PROJECT, THEN THE LOCAL PLANNING AUTHORITY IS DEEMED TO BE AN AGENT OF THE STATE AND MUST COMPLY WITH THE STATE'S ANSWERS TO PROCEDURES.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • No 74, pp 6-20
  • Authors:
    • Cunliffe, R W
  • Publication Date: 1968-1

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  • Accession Number: 00238445
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 1 1994 12:00AM