This paper results from a larger study which has as a goal the development of an operational plan which coordinates considerations of re-use potential with transportation property abandonments. Its ultimate motive is to facilitate efficient resource allocation and environmental quality in the abandonment context. The study embraces prospective abandonments of rail branch lines, secondary roads, and general aviation airports and major emphasis is given to public recreational re-use. Within this report the discussion first focuses on secondary road abandonments. The material presented shows that this phenomenon is a significant public issue, not yet having received adequate consideration in a resource allocation framework. However, this is a road maintenance and improvement issue and not one of re-use. In particular, abandoned road links, typically one quarter to one mile in length, are not connected and have very low recreational potential. Airports, which would have a potentially varied set of recreational uses, are not being abandoned to any appreciable extent. Abandonment of small (sod) private fields occasionally occurs at the landowners initiative but in these cases public participation in the process is restricted. In the context of the parent study neither airports nor highways warrant extensive consideration even though the latter is a problem of public importance. Emphasis on recreational re-use effectively narrows the focus of the study to rail branch-line abandonments.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This study was sponsored by the Office of University Research, U.S. Department of Transportation.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Iowa, Iowa City

    Institute of Urban and Regional Research
    Iowa City, IA  United States  52242
  • Authors:
    • WILSON, E
    • Hultquist, J
    • Corn, L
    • Tweedale, C
  • Publication Date: 1974-7


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 33 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00728434
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Interim Report, Technical Report #31
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-OS-40019
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 15 1996 12:00AM