To assess the effectiveness of the interdisciplinary team approach in highway planning and project development in California, the author, by using the case study method, examines the interrelationships and interworkings of engineering and nonengineering skills in addressing problems associated with the impact of highway construction on the sensitive natural environment within the jurisdiction of the Coastal Zone Conservation Commission. As a result of this analysis, the author concludes that agency organizations should provide for an in-house core of expertise and use outside consultants only when highly specialized expertise is needed. Also, the organization must be flexible so that the concept can be applied easily at all stages of the highway planning and project development process. Of importance to the successful operation of the interdisciplinary team approach is the attitude of top management. It must be responsive to issues raised by all disciplines and must consider the contributions of all disciplines equally and fairly. Through the implementation of the California Action Plan, California has committed itself to the effective application of the interdisciplinary team approach.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: pp 1-11
  • Monograph Title: Mitigating adverse environmental effects of highway construction
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00129472
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309024552
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Mar 10 1976 12:00AM