RESEARCH MUST BE GENERATED FOR CLEARER UNDERSTANDING OF NATURE OF ENVIRONMENT

THE AMERICAN ROAD SYSTEM HAS HAD ENVIRONMENTAL CONSEQUENCES THAT WERE NEITHER ANTICIPATED NOR PROVIDED FOR. WHILE THE EXTENT OF THE DEGRADATION ATTRIBUTABLE TO THIS SYSTEM IS DEBATABLE, THE QUESTION IS NOT WHETHER TO TAKE REMEDIAL ACTION BUT WHAT ACTION TO TAKE. TECHNICAL MEANS TO IMPROVE AIR QUALITY, DIMINISH NOISE, AND ENHANCE HIGHWAY AESTHETICS ARE ALL TO THE GOOD, BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENT IN AN ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION PROGRAM IS ACCEPTANCE OF NEW IDEAS AND VALUES CONCERNING THE RELATION OF HIGHWAYS AND THE ENVIRONMENT. FHWA HAS RESPONDED TO THIS CHALLENGE BY REQUIRING EACH STATE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT TO DEVELOP A SYSTEMATIC APPROACH TO THE EVALUATION OF THE SOCIAL, ENVIRONMENTAL, AND ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF FEDERAL-AID HIGHWAYS.

  • Authors:
    • Stafseth, H E
  • Publication Date: 1972

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  • Accession Number: 00243146
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 2 1973 12:00AM