THE CHANGING ROLE OF FHWA IN THE DIRECT FEDERAL PROGRAM AND THE STATUS OF THE SCENIC HIGHWAY PROVISION IN THE FEDERAL-AID HIGHWAY ACT IN 1973.

The statutory basis for the Federal Highway Administration involvement in the direct aspect of building highways is briefly outlined and the forest highway program is discussed in some detail. As a result of the 1970 Federal-aid Highway Act, forest highway funds are now coming from the trust fund. A 1973 study revealed a need for $8.5 billion (in 1970-1990) on the 23,333 miles of the forest highway system. The role of the Federal Highway Projects organization in the Direct Federal Program is outlined. Investigations show that it is in the public interest for FHWA to retain a hard-core engineering organization capable of performing highway engineering services for the various Federal agencies, and also to have available a cadre of personnel for government service during emergency conditions. Provision for highway demonstration projects, the achievement of a reduced but more stable program level, and the achievement of more efficient use of resource and personnel is reviewed.FHWA's involvement in a functional classification and road needs inventory and the training of Indian personnel for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and their involvement in the problem of uniform traffic control devices is discussed. A study to determine the feasibility of establishing a national system of scenic highways, suggested a designation of a 60,000 mile system of which 55,000 miles are on exixting highways and 5,000 would be new highways. This report will emphasize that some highway routes have scenic qualities and that it is desirable and feasible to protect and enhance these qualities. The report will include cost estimates for achieving various levels of objectives. A prototype scenic highway, the Great River Road, is briefly outlined.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was presented at the State/Federal Agency Session at WASHTO Committee on Federal Roads in Portland, Oregon on June 6, 1974.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Western Association of State Highway & Transp Off

    AASHTO, 341 National Press Building
    Washington, DC  United States  20004
  • Authors:
    • Lindberg, H A
  • Publication Date: 1974-6-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: 8 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00260811
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 12 1974 12:00AM