EFFECTIVE PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT IN HIGHWAY DECISION MAKING

The Community Involvement program of the Utah Department of Transportation is examined with special attention given to the notification techniques used. Public hearings and informational meetings were attended, and questionnaires handed out. Another questionnaire, similar to the first, was mailed into the impacted area following the hearing. Each questionnaire contained both attitudinal and demographic questions. The results contradict some commonly held notions about who becomes involved with highway projects. At most of the meetings a majority of the people in attendance, (1) Did not oppose the project, (2) Were representing themselves, and (3) Were becoming involved for the first time. Notification was also found to be an important factor in a functioning community involvement program. It infleunces attendance and also seems to have an impact on attitudes toward the project. Utah's community involvement program in highway decision making is basically a good one, containing most of the elements felt to be essential including early opportunity for involvement and a commitment from top administration. With an increased staff, funding, and some additional modifications to the meeting structure and overall program Utah's efforts could serve as a model for other states. /Author/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared in cooperation with the Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Utah Department of Transportation

    757 West Second South
    Salt Lake City, UT  USA  84104
  • Authors:
    • Thuet, J H
  • Publication Date: 1975-9

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 98 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00131079
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 21 1976 12:00AM