RAISED MEDIANS. ECONOMIC IMPACTS ON ADJACENT BUSINESSES

In recent years, transportation agencies have increased construction of raised medians on urban and suburban arterials. With respect to access control, raised medians restrict left turns to midblock and intersection median openings. While improving the operations and arterial signal coordination, the economic impacts of restricting these left turns may be felt by owners of businesses and properties adjacent to the arterial. This paper describes the research to date in the third year of a 4-year study to evaluate the economic impact of raised medians. The primary purpose of the project is the development of a methodology to determine if there are any economic impacts on adjacent businesses when a raised median is installed. In the first year, researchers developed a methodology and tested it on a case study in College Station, Texas. After analyzing the procedures and results of that test, they revised the methodology and tested it on 10 case studies in six other Texas cities during the second year. The third year is being used to analyze the data collected in the additional case study locations and to collect additional data. The final year will be used to collect postconstruction data along two corridors and complete all analyses. The current methodology, consisting of eight main steps, provides a logical structure by which the user can identify case studies, collect data, and analyze data: identify sites with potential corridors, identify corridor characteristics, contact sources of information, inventory businesses and establishments along the subject corridor, obtain information about businesses, prioritize businesses to be surveyed, collect data by personal interviews, and analyze and summarize data.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was also presented at the ITE 2000 Annual Meeting and Exhibit, August 6-9, 2000, Nashville, Tennessee (the proceedings of this conference and the ITE Conference referenced here are both available on CD-ROM)and at the Mid-Continent Transportation Symposium 2000, sponsored by Iowa State University, Iowa Department of Transportation and the Missouri Valley Section of ITE, May 15-16, 2000, Ames, Iowa (the proceedings can be located on-line at www.ctre.iastate.edu/).
  • Corporate Authors:

    Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Eisele, W L
    • Frawley, W E
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 1999

Language

  • English

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  • Pagination: 15p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00770227
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Publication No. CD-006
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 16 2001 12:00AM