THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF INTERSTATE HIGHWAY 10 ON A RURAL AREA EAST OF HOUSTON, TEXAS

A 13 YEAR BEFORE AND AFTER STUDY IS BEING MADE OF LAND VALUES AND LAND USE ON A SEGMENT OF I-10 BEGINNING ABOUT 21 MILES EAST OF HOUSTON, TEXAS, CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT AND EXTENDING NINE MILES FURTHER EAST. A SURVEY AND ANALYSIS WAS MADE OF BUSINESSES OPERATING IN 1958, THE LAST YEAR BEFORE THE NEW HIGHWAY WAS OPENED TO TRAFFIC, AND IN 1962, THE LAST YEAR OF THE STUDY. LAND VALUES INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY MORE IN THE STUDY AREA THAN IN THE CONTROL AREA, ESPECIALLY ON TRACTS ABUTTING I-10. THE NEW HIGHWAY AFFECTED THE EASTERN SECTION STUDY AREA LAND VALUES MUCH MORE THAN THOSE IN THE MORE HIGHLY DEVELOPED SECTION IN THE WESTERN HALF OF THE STUDY AREA NEARER HOUSTON. THE EXTENT OF CHANGES IN THE QUANTITY OF STUDY AREA LAND IN VARIOUS USES BETWEEN 1954 AND 1962 INDICATES A CONSIDERABLE HIGHWAY INFLUENCE ON LAND USE. THERE WAS APPROXIMATELY A 44 PERCENT DECREASE IN THE ACREAGE OF AGRICULTURAL LAND DURING THIS PERIOD AND A CORRESPONDING INCREASE IN THE COMMITMENT OF LAND USES. IN THE BUSINESS ACTIVITY PHASE OF THIS RESEARCH, FINDINGS INDICATE THAT COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITY INCREASED BETWEEN 1958 AND 1962 IN THE STUDY AREA. A MAJOR PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITY LOCATED ALONG I-10 AND IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT SIGN OF INDUSTRIAL ECONOMIC CHANGE. THE VOLUME OF GROSS SALES OF THE CO-OPERATING RETAIL BUSINESSES INCREASED DURING THAT PERIOD. FURTHER NEW DEVELOPMENT IS EXPECTED.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Hpr-1/5/, STATE NO 2-10-57-4
  • Corporate Authors:

    Texas State Department of Highways & Public Transp

    11th and Brazos Streets
    Austin, TX  United States  78701

    Bureau of Public Roads /US

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Buffington, J L
  • Publication Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00201179
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bureau of Public Roads /US
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 1 1994 12:00AM