THE INFLUENCE OF CENTRAL CITY RADIAL FREEWAYS ON MANUFACTURING LOCATION DECISIONS. VOLUME 1

The influence of central city radial freeways on manufacturing development is explored in ten study areas located in 8 central cities of the Northeast and Southeast. Radial freeway influence is found to be positive in (1) revitalizing existing, declining central city industrial areas; (2) strengthening existing, stable industrial areas; and (3) developing new industrial areas. The 264 manufacturing firms located in the study areas employed more than 36,700 workers, generated nearly $6.8 million in local tax revenues and an estimated $231 million in annual wages. No major negative environmental impacts were identified beyond those normally associated with urban development or beyond the scope of contemporary performance standards. Operating characteristics of the sample firms showed them to be central city-oriented, given the presence of the nearby freeway. Open-ended interview results demonstrated that most manufacturing location decisions were based on one to three of six critical factors; availability of space, price of space, access to sales, labor, and supplies, and the presence of the freeway itself.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also volume 2, PB-265 475.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Hammer, Siler, George Associates

    1140 Connecticut Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20036

    Federal Highway Administration

    Office of Program and Policy Planning, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Publication Date: 1973-9

Media Info

  • Pagination: 238 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00154057
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/SES-77/09
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FH-11-7765
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 17 1977 12:00AM