Previous studies on the effects of highway construction upon land use have focused mainly upon the effects of the construction of new highways. In view of a new emphasis upon upgrading and expanding existing facilities rather than building new ones, the need arises for information concerning the effects of such improvements upon land use. This report relates the findings of research done upon an area of College Station, Texas, where State Highway 30 was upgraded from a two-lane to a four-lane facility. The improvement took place in an urban area that was in the undeveloped stage of development where the predominant land use was unimproved. Land use changes were analyzed for both abutting and nonabutting properties that might have been affected by the road improvement. Data were collected for a period encompassing approximately four and one-half years before construction began up to the end of 1977, the last year data collection was possible. Total acres in each type of land use were determined for each year. Comparisons were made of the types and rates of development before and after the upgrading occurred. The data are reported in narrative, graphic, and tabular form. Causes of development in the area other than the improved highway were also researched and are reported. Highway planners should be able to use this report, and subsequent reports of this study to make more accurate predictions of land use changes due to specific highway improvements in different areas. /Author/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by the Texas State Department of Highways and Public Transportation. Research performed in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration and SDHPT. Research Study Title: Economics of Highway Design Alternatives.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Texas Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System, 1600 E Lamar Boulevard
    Arlington, TX  United States  76011
  • Authors:
    • Cosby, P J
    • Buffington, J L
  • Publication Date: 1978-3

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 43 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00189323
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWATX78-225-3 Intrm Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: 2-8-77-225
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 12 1979 12:00AM