URBAN HIGHWAY DESIGN TEAMS

EXPERIMENTAL INTERDISCIPLINARY (OR MULTIDISCIPLINARY) HIGHWAY DESIGN CONCEPT TEAMS HAVE BEEN EVOLVED TO ASSIST IN RESOLVING CONTROVERSIES ABOUT URBAN FREEWAYS AND COMMUNITY VALUES. THEIR PURPOSE IS TO IMPROVE THE DESIGN OF URBAN ROADS, TO ASSURE THAT THEY PROVIDE SAFE AND EFFICIENT TRANSPORTATION, TO IDENTIFY JOINT DEVELOPMENT/MULTIPLE USE POSSIBILITIES, AND TO UTILIZE HIGHWAYS AS POSITIVE INFLUENCES ON URBAN FORM AND FUNCTION. THEIR IMPLICIT PURPOSE IS TO ASSIST AND SIMPLIFY THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS AND HELP MANAGE AND REDUCE CONFLICT. THE CURRENT STATE OF THE ART IS REVIEWED ON DESIGN CONCEPT TEAMS. THE WORK IS REVIEWED OF ACTIVE CONTEMPORARY DESIGN TEAMS. IF DESIGN TEAMS ARE TO FUNCTION PROPERLY, COMMUNITY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES NEED TO BE RE-EXAMINED CONTINUALLY IN LIGHT OF CHANGING PUBLIC PRIORITIES, AND BETTER RELATED TO BOTH METROPOLITAN AND REGIONAL AIDS AS WELL AS TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY AND NEIGHBORHOOD NEEDS AND WANTS. DESIGN TEAMS CANNOT BE DECISION MAKERS, BUT ARE MERELY TECHNICAL ADVISORY GROUPS. DESIGN TEAMS ARE EXPENSIVE, BUT CAN HELP MAKE DECISION MAKING MORE RATIONAL AND MORE COMMUNITY- RESPONSIBLE. THE HISTORY IS BRIEFLY PRESENTED OF INTERDISCIPLINARY DESIGN TEAMS. LEADERS IN PLANNING AND HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION HAVE COMMITTED THEMSELVES TO WIDENING THE USE OF INTERDISCIPLINARY TEAMS. SEVERAL FACTORS DETERMINE THE KIND, COMPOSITION AND FORM OF DESIGN TEAMS BROUGHT TOGETHER TO WORK ON A SPECIFIC PROJECT. THE THREE BASIC KINDS OF DESIGN TEAMS ARE: (1) THE LONG-RANGE PLANNING TEAM, (2) THE PROJECT LOCATION AND DESIGN TEAM, AND (3) THE IMPLEMENTATION TEAM.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Highway Users Federation for Safety and Mobility

    1776 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20036
  • Authors:
    • Smith, D C
  • Publication Date: 1970-2

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00240607
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 72 pp
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 1 1970 12:00AM