This report summarizes social and economic effects of modern highways and shows some of the problems of determining these effects, as well as the progress of social and economic studies being conducted. The report contains findings, primarily from highway impact studies made in recent years by State highway agencies and the Federal Highway Administration, Along with abstracts of 76 studies completed in the last 5 years and brief descriptions of 41 additional studies now underway. The report's conclusions are tentative. For example, residents displaced by highway right-of-way are being relocated satisfactorily; residents near highways may have noise, air pollution, are safety problems. Whether benefits or disadvantages occur near highways depends primarily on the land use involved. Industrial or commercial uses ordinarily benefit. Schools, churches, and hospitals may benefit enough from highway accessibility and visibility to justify locating near highways.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Federal Highway Administration

    Office of Program and Policy Planning, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Publication Date: 1974-5

Media Info

  • Pagination: 190 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00263021
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 5 1974 12:00AM