This paper discusses the development of criteria used to determine highway improvement programs for three corridors through the Upper Great Lakes region of Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. These improvements would provide safe, efficient travel and foster new economic growth. One objective of the study was that the findings be applicable to future planning and development of comparable highway corridors in the region. Inasmuch as the tourism and recreation industry and scenic quality of the area held the greatest potentials for such growth, it was necessary to develop a procedure for comparative evaluation of scenic values. The aspects of the study included definition of operating speed as related to functional and scenic criteria; development of new design-hour and traffic service level criteria for planning highway improvements in rural recreation regions; and development of a method for comparing scenic values in the planning and design of scenic routes. The scenic evaluation feature uses a point system to assist in selecting an alignment that takes advantage of the best scenic potential. A table relating to traffic service function and to scenic viewing is presented. The route selection procedure is outlined in a flow chart indicating the elements of scenic inventory and evaluation plus the other considerations normally used in highway planning.

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 91-104
  • Monograph Title: Social, economic, behavioral and urban growth considerations in planning
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00081009
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309023513
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Mar 26 1975 12:00AM