A METHODOLOGY FOR SOCIAL IMPACT ASSESSMENTS OF HIGHWAY LOCATIONS

The report outlines the steps in a social impact assessment for highway location alternatives, reviews the social impacts of highways, presents procedures for assessing social impacts of prospective highways, and develops social criteria for locating highways. Social impacts are defined and the full range of potential social impacts of highways are listed both by topical categories and by stages of the highway location. Three important social impacts for residents are discussed in some detail. Displacement is examined for its economic and psychological effects. The possible effects of highway noise on nearby residents and the genral effects of highways on property values are also discussed. Four commonly used procedures for highway locations studies are reviewed and improvements are recommended. These procedures are: field investigation of displacement, map analysis, community social profile, and the report on public meetings.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Maryland, College Park

    Department of Sociology
    College Park, MD  USA  20742

    Maryland Department of Transportation

    State Highway Administration, 2323 West Joppa Road
    Brooklandville, MD  USA  21022

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • FINSTERBUSCH, K
  • Publication Date: 1976-7

Media Info

  • Pagination: 107 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00146496
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/MD/R-76/20 Intrm Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 16 1977 12:00AM