RATON BYPASS STUDY - AFTER PHASE

THIS IS THE AFTER PHASE OF A STUDY OF THE IMPACT OF THE RATON BYPASS ON THE COMMUNITY. NEARLY SIX YEARS HAVE PASSED SINCE THE COMPLETION OF THE BYPASS. A SURPRISING DEVELOPMENT IS THAT TOURIST-RELATED BUSINESS HAS INCREASED FOR THE CITY FAR MORE THAN VEHICULAR TRAFFIC. GASOLINE SALES ARE UP 10 PERCENT, MOTEL AND RESTAURANT SALES UP 14 PERCENT AND EMPLOYMENT UP 17 PERCENT IN 1966 OVER 1958. THESE GAINS ARE NOT DISTRIBUTED GEOGRAPHICALLY WITH SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE CITY DECLINING BOTH RELATIVELY AND ABSOLUTELY IN ALMOST ALL CATEGORIES. HOWEVER, THE DECLINE IN INTENSIVE LAND USE IN THESE ESTABLISHED SECTIONS OF THE CITY HAS NOT BEEN SUF- FICIENT TO CAUSE ANY SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF TOURIST-RELATED BUSINESSES TO CLOSE DOWN. ALL RESTAURANTS AND ALL MOTELS WHICH WERE OPERATING IN 1958, EXCEPT ONE, WERE STILL IN BUSINESS IN 1966. MORTALITY RATES OF SERVICE STATIONS, AS MIGHT BE EXPECTED, WERE CONSIDERABLY HIGHER. THE RESEARCHER CONCLUDES THAT THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE BYPASS DID NOT PROVIDE THE BOOST TO A LAGGING ECONOMY ENVISIONED BY THOSE WHO ORIGINALLY REQUESTED THE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT TO BUILD THE BYPASS, NOR HAS IT BROUGHT THE DISASTROUS DECLINE IN BUSINESS PREDICTED BY ITS OPPONENTS. /BPR/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Hpr, Bpr-hpR-1/3/
  • Corporate Authors:

    New Mexico State University, Las Cruces

    Department of Civil Engineering, P.O. Box 30001
    Las Cruces, NM  United States  88003-8001

    New Mexico State Highway Department

    P.O. Box 1149
    Santa Fe, NM  United States  87501

    Bureau of Public Roads /US

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Zickefoose, P
  • Publication Date: 1967-11

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00201188
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bureau of Public Roads /US
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 6 1994 12:00AM