PANEL DISCUSSION ON HIGHWAY PROGRAMMING, WITH DISCUSSION

LONG-RANGE PLANNING AND SHORT-RANGE PROGRAMMING ARE AMONG THE MOST IMPORTANT, IF NOT THE MOST IMPORTANT, FUNCTIONS OF A HIGHWAY AGENCY. INCREASINGLY IT IS RECOGNIZED THAT THE STATURE OF A HIGHWAY AGENCY IS IN DIRECT RATIO TO THE QUALITY OF ITS PROGRAMMING. IMPROVEMENT IN PROGRAMMING IS ACHIEVED THROUGH CONTINUOUS STUDY. PERIODIC EXAMINATION AND ADJUSTMENT OF THE PROCESSES INVOLVED ARE DESIRABLE TO INSURE THAT THEY ARE CHARACTERIZED BY SPECIFIC DIRECTION AND PURPOSEFUL EFFORT. PROGRAM PLANNING REVOLVES ABOUT THREE GENERAL PRINCIPLES: A RECOGNIZED NEED FOR APPLYING PLANNING AND RESEARCH TECHNIQUES TO PROGRAM PLANNING; AN ORGANIZATIONAL PLAN WHICH PLACES FUNCTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR PROGRAM PLANNING IN A DIVISION REPORTING DIRECTLY TO THE CHIEF ENGINEERING OFFICER; AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SYSTEMATIC PROCEDURE FOR PROGRAM PLANNING. IMPORTANT EFFECTS OF ADVANCE PLANS INCLUDE: (1) ADVANCE PLANNING IS THE BEST MEANS OF OBTAINING MAXIMUM BENEFITS FROM HIGHWAY FUNDS AT MINIMUM COSTS. (2) STOP-GAP REQUIREMENTS CAN BE HELD TO A MINIMUM. (3) THE PLANNING PROCESS SERVES AS A MEANS OF CONTINUALLY EVALUATING PROGRESS IN TERMS OF NEED. (4) THE PUBLIC CAN BE ACCURATELY INFORMED OF PROGRESS. (5) A WELL CONCEIVED PLAN PERMITS PROGRAM ACCELERATION TO BE ACHIEVED IN MINIMUM TIME WHEN FINANCE PLANS ARE ALTERED TO PERMIT SUCH ACCELERATION. (6) SINCE ALL FUNCTIONS OF HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION REVOLVE AROUND THE FUTURE PROGRAM CONTAINED IN THE ADVANCE PLAN: (A) ORGANIZATIONAL REQUIREMENTS CAN BE ASCERTAINED ACCURATELY; (B) LOCATION AND DESIGN CAN BE SCHEDULED MOST EFFICIENTLY; (C) RIGHT OF WAY CAN BE PROCURED MORE PROMPTLY AND, NORMALLY, LARGE SAVINGS CAN BE MADE BY EARLY ACQUISITION TO PREVENT COSTLY ENCROACHMENTS; (D) CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULES CAN BE ADAPTED TO ACHIEVE MOST FAVORABLE CONSTRUCTION TIMING; AND (E) MAINTENANCE CAN BE SCHEDULED TO ELIMINATE WASTE RESULTING FROM LACK OF CORRELATION WITH CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULES.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Vol 25, No 8, PP 32-48
  • Authors:
    • Farrell, F B
    • Lefeve, B A
    • Burnes, C H
    • Buckley, J P
    • Childs, W F
  • Publication Date: 1955-9

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  • Accession Number: 00200515
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 29 1972 12:00AM