FREEWAY DESIGN AND LOCATION: A CASE STUDY OF URBAN RESIDENTS' ATTITUDES

The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of location and design characteristics of urban freeways upon persons with middle and upper incomes living along freeway rights of way. The objectives of the study were: 1) to determine the effects of freeway location on land use characteristics of middle and upper income areas, 2) to determine the opinions of residents living near the freeway regarding its location, 3) to examine some of the effects of different freeway designs on residential satisfaction and 4) to examine some of the social impacts of freeway construction on upper and middle income residential areas. Three residential areas lying along freeways in the Houston, Texas area were chosen for study. Census tract data were used to examine some of the changes in residential patterns that occurred between 1960 and 1970. An "after only" sample survey design was used to obtain data about the opinions and experiences of study area residents. Eighty-six persons in the study areas were interviewed. Major findings were: 1) the study areas underwent considerable change in the period between 1960 and 1970; 2) respondents were generally favorable toward the presence of the freeway; and 3) detrimental effects of the freeway on social patterns within the study areas were minimal. /AUTHOR/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Work done in cooperation with the Federal Highaway Administration and the Department of Transportation, and Sponsored by the Texas State Dept.of Highways & Public Transportation.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Texas Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System, 1600 E Lamar Boulevard
    Arlington, TX  United States  76011
  • Authors:
    • Fuller, T K
    • Burke, D
    • Pledger, R
    • Bullion, C
  • Publication Date: 1975-1

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 83 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00126518
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-SES-77-03 Final Rpt., TTI-2-1-71-148
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 14 1976 12:00AM