Road construction and reconstruction projects are subjected to ever increasing scrutiny and criticism from aspects of environmental impacts and costs. Providing measures in road projects to mitigate environmental concerns including visual quality objectives, often threatens the economic viability of needed projects, especially in visually sensitive terrain. On any given project, requirements for maintenance of visual quality may be imposed as a requirement for construction/reconstruction, and variations in "visual sensitivity" exist within areas with the same visual quality objectives. Blanket or uniform application of mitigation treatments within a given visual management category is not cost effective. The most sensitive areas should receive the full range of mitigation; less sensitive areas can receive less. The problem has been to identify and prioritize areas to receive different mitigation efforts, thus maximizing benefits to road users at the least cost. The Visual Prioritization Process (VPP) was developed as a tool to analyze and inventory visual impacts and mitigation in connection with roadway improvement projects. This study refines the process to accommodate conditions relating to distances, angles, construction, and rankings within the models. The User's Manual is intended for use by all design disciplines including engineers, landscape architects, and planners.

  • Corporate Authors:

    McGovern, MacVittie, Lodge and Associates, Incorporated

    800 E Wetmore Road, Suite 110
    Tucson, AZ  United States  85719

    US Forest Service

    San Dimas Technology and Development Center, 444 East Bonita Avenue
    San Dimas, CA  United States  91773

    Federal Highway Administration

    Federal Lands Highway Programs, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Lason, L
    • Gallaher, J
    • McGovern, T
  • Publication Date: 1994-7


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: 146 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00670371
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-FLP-93-007
  • Contract Numbers: CTIP Study F-11
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 5 1994 12:00AM