NEW MEXICO CLASSIFICATION STUDY

A NUMERICAL SYSTEM WAS DEVISED TO CLASSIFY PUBLIC ROADS BY DEGREES OF IMPORTANCE BASED ON EXTENT AND MAGNITUDE OF TRAFFIC INFLUENCE. THE FACTOR SET AND METHODICAL PROCEDURE PERMIT OBJECTIVE ROAD CLASSIFICATION. THE SYSTEM PRESENTED CONSISTS OF THE NUMERICAL INDEX APPROACH AND FUNCTIONAL OR ECONOMIC APPROACH. NUMERICAL INDEX APPROACH FACTORS INCLUDE INTERCITY AND RECREATIONAL TRAVEL DESIRE /IN-STATE AND OUT- OF-STATE PHASES/, AGRICULTURE, MINING, OIL, AND GAS. FUNCTIONAL OR ECONOMIC APPROACH FACTORS ARE TRADE AREA POPULATION, SALES, BANK RESOURCES, AND NEWSPAPER CIRCULATION . CLASSIFICATION OF ANY ROAD, IN PART OR WHOLE, IS ACCOMPLISHED BY SYNTHESIZING THESE TWO APPROACHES, USING THE FOLLOWING THREE STEPS. ONE, CLASSIFY BY ECONOMIC-GROUP CATE- GORIES AND COMBINATIONS A FUNCTIONAL SYSTEM OF INTEGRATED PRIMARY, SECONDARY, AND OTHERSTATE ROADS. TWO, DETERMINE NUMERICAL STATISTICS AND STANDARDS FOR THIS SYSTEM. THREE, CLASSIFY ALL ROADS OR ROAD SECTIONS NOT COVERED BY THE FUNCTIONAL APPROACH, USING NUMERICAL STANDARDS OBTAINED BY STEP TWO. THIS YIELDS A STATE SYSTEM OF HIGHWAYS. RESULTS OF THIS PROCEDURE, ALTHOUGH NOT INFALLIBLE, ARE OBJECTIVELY VERIFIABLE. AN INTEGRATED, PRACTICABLE STATEWIDE HIGHWAY SYSTEM FOR PRESENT AND FUTURE MAY BE DETERMINED BY APPLYING THIS METHOD.

  • Corporate Authors:

    New Mexico State Highway Department

    Planning and Programming Division, P.O. Box 1149
    Santa Fe, NM  United States  87501
  • Authors:
    • Ellis, F F
  • Publication Date: 1965

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  • Accession Number: 00200166
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 120 pp
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 2 1994 12:00AM