BETTER HIGHWAYS FOR WASHINGTON: NEEDS BY CLASSIFIED URBAN AND RURAL SYSTEMS

A STATEWIDE FUNCTIONAL CLASSIFICATION PLAN IS PRESENTED FOR THE EXISTING 55,603 MILES OF STATE HIGHWAYS, COUNTRY ROADS AND CITY STREETS IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, BASED ON THE EFFECTIVENESS OF ROADS AND STREETS IN PROVIDING TRAFFIC SERVICE AND FAVORABLY INFLUENCING RURAL AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT. AN ENGINEERING EVALUATION IS PRESENTED OF THE CONSTRUCTION NEEDS AND TOTAL HIGHWAY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM COST, USING FUNCTIONAL CLASSIFICATION AS A BASE, BY EXISTING AND TWO RECOMMENDED ALTERNATIVES OF JURISDICTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY REQUIRED TO KEEP ABREAST OF THE TRAFFIC DEMANDS UPON HIGHWAY FACILITIES UNTIL 1990. THE STATE LEGISLATURE HAD AUTHORIZED THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON HIGHWAYS, WITH PARTICIPATION OF THE WASHINGTON STATE HIGHWAY COMMISSION, TO CONDUCT A STATEWIDE HIGHWAY TRANSPORTATION STUDY INCLUDING: (1) A FUNCTIONAL SYSTEMS CLASSIFICATION OF ALL STATE HIGHWAYS, COUNTY ROADS AND CITY STREETS, INCLUDING IDENTIFICATION OF THOSE SECTIONS THAT SHOULD BE DEVELOPED AS A STATEWIDE PLAN OF FREEWAYS AND EXPRESSWAYS REGARDLESS OF CURRENT JURISDICTION, (2) A FORECAST OF THE PUBLIC ROAD AND STREET NEEDS OF THE STATE, THE COUNTIES AND THE CITIES FOR A 20-YEAR PERIOD, (3) AN ESTIMATE OF THE COSTS OF SUCH HIGHWAY NEEDS AND AN OUTLINE OF THE ALTERNATIVE MEANS OF FINANCING THE SAME, (4) ALTERNATIVE METHODS FOR ASSIGNMENT OF RESPONSIBILITY AND AN EQUITABLE FINANCIAL PLAN FOR EACH, AND (5) A STUDY OF EXISTING HIGHWAY LAWS TO EVALUATE THEIR ADEQUACY. A SUMMARY IS PRESENTED OF THE TRANSPORTATION AND THE ECONOMY OF WASHINGTON. A TABLE IS PRESENTED WHICH SHOWS CONSTRUCTION NEEDS AND MILEAGE, 1967-1990, FOR ALL HIGHWAYS, ROAD AND STREETS, BY FUNCTIONAL CLASSIFICATION. TO DEVELOP THE HIGHWAY NETWORK INTO FUNCTIONAL SYSTEMS CAPABLE OF SERVING THE GROWING ECONOMY, $7.05 BILLION, AT 1967 PRICES, IS NEEDED FOR CONSTRUCTION IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS DURING THE 23-YEAR PERIOD. APPROXIMATELY $5.64 BILLION OF THIS IS NEEDED FOR CLASSIFIED ARTERIALS AND $1.41 BILLION FOR ACCESS ROADS AND STREETS. ABOUT 40% OF THE ANTICIPATED 1990 MILEAGE WILL SERVE ARTERIAL FUNCTIONS. THE TOTAL LONG-RANGE PROGRAM COSTS ARE COMPOSED OF FIVE ELEMENTS: (1) IDENTIFIED CONSTRUCTION NEEDS, (2) STOPGAPS, (3) REPLACEMENTS, (4) MAINTENANCE, AND (5) ADMINISTRATION. OF THE FIVE PROGRAM COST ELEMENTS, THE TOTAL COST OF IDENTIFIED CONSTRUCTION IS A CONSTANT VALUE FOR THE 23-YEAR STUDY PERIOD. TOTAL COST FOR THE REMAINING FOUR ELEMENTS VARY OVER THE 23-YEAR PERIOD DEPENDING UPON THE LENGTH OF THE CATCH-UP PERIOD UNDER CONSIDERATION.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • 96 Pp, 35 FIG, 49 TAB, 32 PHOT, 1 APP
  • Corporate Authors:

    Allinson Inc

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  • Publication Date: 1969-1

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  • Accession Number: 00200377
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 24 1970 12:00AM