The report describes the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)-funded project of the National Association of Counties Research Foundation (NACoRF) and the National Association of County Engineers (NACE) to study and improve communications between federal and local governments. Three areas were studied: how to program local projects using federal aid; effective utilization of federal funding for road projects; inter-governmental relations. Findings, based on information from 149 transportation representatives from federal, state, local and regional agencies, identify problems in communications and program implementation. Problems include: excessive right-of-way acquisition and environmental evaluation requirements; unnecessary variation among safety programs; retroactive regulations; inconsistent funding levels; restrictive categorical programs. Recommendations provide ways to simplify adminsitration of federal-aid transportation programs and improve communications and information transfer among federal, state and local governments. It can be concluded that communications among levels of government have been improved through the organization and conduct of this study and that additional communication of the availability and use of federal funds should occur among governments involved in federal-aid transportation programs. /Author/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration.
  • Corporate Authors:

    National Association of Counties Res Foundation

    308 Jacolyn Drive, NW
    Cedar Rapids, IA  United States  32405
  • Publication Date: 1976-9

Media Info

  • Pagination: 67 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00185383
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FH-11-8888
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 3 1979 12:00AM