PRIORITY PROGRAMING FOR WASHINGTON: STATE HIGHWAYS, COUNTY ROADS, CITY STREETS

STUDY WAS CONDUCTED TO EXAMINE LEGISLATIVE AND ADMINISTRATIVE FACTORS RELATED TO MAKING DECISIONS ON HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMS, AND TO RECOMMEND RESHAPING OF STATE, COUNTY AND CITY OBJECTIVES AND POLICIES FOR MORE EFFECTIVE USE OF LIMITED FUNDS AVAILABLE. AMONG THE POLICY AND MANAGEMENT ACTIONS FOR WHICH ADMINISTRATORS ARE RESPONSIBLE, AS THEY RELATE TO HIGHWAY PROGRAMMING DECISIONS ARE: (1) ADOPT AN AREAWIDE PRIORITY PROGRAMMING POLICY, (2) DETERMINE AND OBTAIN REQUIRED FACTS AND METHODS OF ANALYSIS, (3) IDENTIFY SCOPE AND NATURE OF LONG RANGE NEEDS, (4) DEFINE OBJECTIVES AND SET BUDGETS, (5) NALYZE PROKECT PRIORITY BASED ON FACTS, (6) DEVELOP PROGRAMS BASED ON ENGINEERING PRIORITY INTEGRATED WITH OTHER PLANNING, ECONOMIC AND PUBLIC CONSIDERATIONS, (7) ADOPT FLEXIBLE SYSTEMATIC ADVANCE SCHEDULING OF WORK WITHIN BUDGETARY AND MANPOWER LIMITS, (8) PROVIDE FOR REPORTING, CONTROL AND REVISION OF SCHEDULES, AND (9) ESTABLISH AN ORGANIZATION WITH CAPABILITY TO CARRY OUT POLICIES AND REACH OBJECTIVES. SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATIONS AND SUGGESTIONS ARE MADE FOR LEGISLATIVE AND ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS TO PUT IMPROVED POLICIES AND PROCEDURES IN FORCE WITH REASONABLE UNIFORMITY THROUGHOUT THE STATE, AND TO DEVELOP MORE EFFECTIVE INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS. SOUND HIGHWAY PLANNING MUST BE BASED ON THE CLASSIFICATION OF ROADS AND STREETS INTO MANAGEABLE SYSTEMS WITH IMPROVEMENTS DETERMINED ON PRIORITY OF NEED. PRIORITY PROGRAMMING MUST BE BASED NOT ONLY ON URGENCY OF NEED BUT ON FUNCTIONAL IMPORTANCE OF ROAD SYSTEMS. PROJECT PRIORITY SHOULD BE DETERMINED BY SEPARATE STUDY OF EXISTING CONDITIONS, CONGESTION, DESIGN AND SAFETY, TOGETHER WITH OTHER FACTORS AFFECTING TIMING OF WORK WHICH MUST BE SCHEDULED IN ADVANCE WITHIN GUDGET LIMITS. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT AT LEAST 75 PERCENT OF ALL FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR CONSTRUCTION IN EACH COUNTY BE APPLIED TO THE ARTERIAL SYSTEM AND THAT THESE FUNDS BE BUDGETED TO THE THREE ARTERIAL ROAD CLASSES ACCORDING TO THE NEED, BUT WEIGHTED TO ACHIEVE FASTER DEVELOPMENT OF THE MORE IMPORTANT. FOR EFFECTIVE PROGRAMMING, ALL COUNTY BOARDS MUST ESTABLISH POLICY ON A COUNTYWIDE BASIS. LAWS SHOULD BE REVISED TO ENFORCE COUNTY UNIT OPERATIONS, AND ALL ADMINISTRATION SHOULD BE DELEGATED TO THE COUNTY ENGINEER. CITIES AND TOWNS SHOULD PROGRAM HIGHWAY FUNDS AS FAR AHEAD AS POSSIBLE, WITH ONE OFFICIAL COORDINATOR TO IMPROVE SCHEDULING. PERIODIC REANALYSIS OF NEEDS AND CONTINUED RESEARCH AND REVISION OF PROGRAMMING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ARE REQUIRED FOR COUNTIES, CITIES AND STATE CONSTRUCTION. SUPPLEMENTS TO THIS REPORT PROVIDE ADMINSITRATIVE GUIDES FOR COUNTY ROADS, CITY AND TOWN STREETS, AND STATE HIGHWAYS. /AUTHOR/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • 47 &&, 21 FIG, 11 TAB, 8 PHOT, 1 APP,
  • Corporate Authors:

    Automotive Safety Foundation

    1776 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20036
  • Publication Date: 1962-11

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  • Accession Number: 00200223
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 16 1970 12:00AM