NATIONAL DEFENSE HIGHWAYS: OVERLOOKED BY CONGRESS?

The Strategic Highway Network Corridor (STRAHNET) and connectors, and the report 'Defense Highway Requirements to the Year 2020' (published by the Army) identifies specific defense needs for incorporation into post-Interstate highway programs are discussed. The report concludes that defense-related highway requirements are now more important than ever because of the increased threat of low intensity conflicts and the need to deploy conventional defense forces expeditiously. It is noted that movements of heavy tanks and other large military equipment as well as large convoys of normal size equipment, require quality highways. In addition to the 43,500 mile Interstate system, 16,500 miles of non-Interstate routes have been identified where freeway type services are warranted, and improvements are needed. Certain defense equipment weighs over 64 tons, and a 16-ft vertical clearance is necessary to meet transport requirements. It is pointed out that highways designed 20 years ago no longer meet demands and operational needs.

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    American Road & Transportation Builders Association

    ARTBA Building, 1219 28th Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20007-3389
  • Publication Date: 1991-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 17
  • Serial:
    • Transportation Builder
    • Volume: 3
    • Issue Number: 4
    • Publisher: American Road & Transportation Builders Association
    • ISSN: 1043-4054

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00615191
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1992 12:00AM