Taking Stock of Gaps to Be Closed: Survey Findings From the States

"Gaps to be closed" is a term used by the Federal Highway Administration to identify an incomplete roadway system. The term describes a section of highway that was under construction, but for some reason construction was halted and the highway was not completed. This paper provides a comprehensive examination of the prevalence and location of gaps to be closed, reasons for their existence, and the current state of practice for addressing the issue of gaps to be closed. A survey of state departments of transportation (DOTs) officials in all 50 states was conducted to collect information on gaps to be closed, and a response rate of 66% was achieved. Results showed that 7 states that responded to the survey currently have gaps to be closed, which can be attributed to a lack of funding, citizen and interest group opposition, the presence of historical landmarks, an impasse on construction plans, and other political and environmental issues. Formal policies and specific management approaches exist in several states to address the issue of gaps to be closed. Several conclusions can be drawn from the study's findings. First, a proactive approach for identifying state and local transportation needs, which continuously examines the roadway system to develop future plans for addressing infrastructure needs, should be incorporated into any asset management policy. Second, funding and environmental issues should be adequately resolved prior to commencing construction projects. Third, communication and coordination among state and local governments is essential for managing gaps to be closed.

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  • Authors:
    • Carroll, Deborah A
    • Wagers, Kristin A
  • Publication Date: 2007-4


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  • Accession Number: 01050224
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 30 2007 5:24PM