IMPACT OF A BELTWAY ON A MEDIUM-SIZED URBAN AREA IN NORTH CAROLINA: A CASE STUDY (ABRIDGMENT)

The case study reported in this paper is a part of a larger research project investigating land developments and traffic generation on controlled-access highways in North Carolina. This paper focuses on a particular aspect of the research, the impact of a beltway on the growth patterns of the Raleigh, North Carolina, urban area. The study included an investigation of the land developments within the immediate interchange areas as well as an analysis of all major urban developments in the standard metropolitan statistical area between 1961 and 1972. Multiple regression analysis was used to relate these developments (dependent variables) within a measure of the distance from the nearest beltway interchange with inputs from major demographic, socioeconomic, and physical factors (independent variables) that could conceivably contribute to the process of land development. The factor measuring the effect of the beltway was found to contribute significantly to regression, which indicates a strong relationship between the freeway and the developments. The predictive equations that were developed by regression analysis can be used directly to evaluate the impact of the proposed southern loop of the existing beltway on the same urban area. Also a series of guidelines that might help the transportation planner better understand the impact of a freeway on the total urban environment was developed as an outcome of this research.

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 71-77
  • Monograph Title: Social, economic and environmental implications in transportation planning
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  • Accession Number: 00141409
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309024978
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Conf Paper
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Nov 3 1976 12:00AM