HIGHWAY RELATIONSHIPS IN MARYLAND

ACHIEVEMENT OF HARMONIOUS INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONSHIPS IN HIGHWAY AFFAIRS IN MARYLAND WAS ATTEMPED TO REALIZE THE BENEFITS OF AN ADEQUATE, WELL-MANAGED, HIGHWAY NETWORK, AND A SOUND WORKING PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE STATE AND ITS POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS. THIS STUDY WAS CONDUCTED TO ASCERTAIN THE STATUS OF LEGAL AUTHORITY IN COOPERATIVE ARRANGEMENTS IN HIGHWAY ACTIVITY, AND TO EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITIES OF ESTABLISHING CLOSER, BETTER-COORDINATED RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THE STATE, THE COUNTIES, AND THE CITIES IN MARYLAND. A LEGAL ANALYSIS AND A FIELD STUDY WERE UNDERTAKEN USING ONLY A SMALL PROFESSIONAL STAFF IN EACH CASE. THE LEGAL ANALYSIS WAS PRIMARILY LIBRARY RESEARCHED, AND BOTH THE MARYLAND PUBLIC GENERAL LAWS AND THE PUBLIC LOCAL LAWS WERE STUDIED AND BRIEFED. AN INTERVIEW CHECKLIST WAS PREPARED FOR THE FIELD STUDY. THIS CHECKLIST WAS USED AS A BASIS FOR ALL INTERVIEWS WITH LOCAL OFFICIALS. POINTS FOR DISCUSSION INCLUDED THE LOCAL GOVERNING BODY, THE HIGHWAY OR STREET ORGANIZATION, THE HIGHWAY OR STREET SYSTEM, THE TYPE OF OPERATION, THE CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS, PLANNING AND PROGRAMMING, TRAFFIC REGULATION AND CONTROL, EQUIPMENT, FINANCIAL RECORDS AND REPORTS, LOCAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS, THE FEDERAL-AID PROGRAM, AND EXISTING RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER UNITS. EXISTING WEAKNESSES OF THE PRESENT STATUTES WITH RESPECT TO COOPERATIVE EFFORT BETWEEN THE STATE AND THE LOCAL UNITS WERE DISCUSSED. THE STUDY RECOMMENDS THAT LEGISLATION SHOULD BE ENACTED PERMITTING AND ENCOURAGING STATE-LOCAL AND INTERLOCAL COOPERATIVE RELATIONSHIPS, AND PROVIDING THE PRINCIPALS AND PATTERNS FOR DESIRABLE RELATIONSHIPS. HOWEVER, PENDING SUCH LEGISLATION, THE STATE ROADS COMMISSION AND THE LOCAL UNITS MUST BEGIN TO WORK IN UNISON, RATHER THAN INDEPENDENTLY WITH THE STATE ROAD COMMISSION TAKING THE LEAD IN ORDER TO ACCOMPLISH THE OVER-ALL HIGHWAY OBJECTIVE.

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  • Accession Number: 00200329
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Aug 4 1994 12:00AM