MASSACHUSETTS ROUTE 128: A NONEMULATIVE ENIGMA

The objective of this paper is to examine the history of one of the first urban circumferential highways, Massachusetts Route 128, to determine the relationship between roadway economic development and development of the road. This economic development has long been thought to be directly related to the advent of the roadway. Therefore, many people have felt that similar economic attributes would follow construction of a similar roadway in an urban area. The results of this research tend to obviate that concrept. The research covered the years 1925 through 1965 because initial construction occurred around 1925 and "completion" and widening (in several locations) had occurred by 1965. Furthermore, by 1965 substantial economic development had taken place along the highway. The results of this investigation indicated that the initial economic development along the roadway may be ascribed to previous events (antecedent development) and as such was a continuation of earlier processes. Thus the possibility exists that this initial economic development would have occurred without the construction of the road. Economic development associated with this roadway was concluded to be part of the developmental forces operating in the Boston urban area rather than as a benefit from the roadway itself.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 45-54
  • Monograph Title: Social, economic and environmental implications in transportation planning
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00141407
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309024978
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Conf Paper
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Nov 3 1976 12:00AM