INFLUENCE OF A MAJOR HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENT UPON AN AGRICULTURAL-BASED ECONOMY

RESEARCH FINDINGS ARE REPORTED CONCERNING THE EFFECTS UPON THE AGRICULTURAL AND TRADE ECONOMY IN THE CORRIDOR THROUGH DUNN AND ST. CROIX COUNTIES, WISCONSIN, OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF A MAJOR HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENT--I-94. THE STUDY CONSIDERS THE AREA AS A WHOLE AND ATTEMPTS TO DISCOVER GRADATIONS OF CHANGE WITHIN THE TOTAL STUDY AREA OF THE TWO COUNTIES. CONCLUSIONS REACHED IN THIS REPORT WERE VERY GENERAL. IT APPEARS THAT THIS STUDY WAS ATTEMPTED TOO SOON AFTER THE "BEFORE" STUDY, AND THAT IT WILL TAKE LONGER THAN THE THREE TO FIVE YEARS TO IDENTIFY MATERIAL CHANGES IN VARIOUS ASPECTS OF THE AGRICULTURAL AND TRADE ECONOMY. RELIEF OF CONGESTION ON THIS ROUTE RESULTED IN BENEFITS TO LONG-HAUL TRAFFIC, TO LOCAL RESIDENTS WITH LONGER TRIPS, AND TO USERS OF THE PARALLEL ROUTE, U.S. 12. THESE BENEFITS, SUCH AS LOWERED OPERATING COSTS BECAUSE OF THE NEW HIGHWAY, DO NOT MANIFEST THEMSELVES IN HIGHER FARM REAL ESTATE VALUES. THE RELIEF OF CONGESTION HAS SPURRED LAND RECLASSIFICATION, ESPECIALLY NEAR LARGER COMMUNITIES. THE RESEARCHERS CONCLUDE THAT AS THE RECLASSIFICATION OF LAND CREATES NEWER AND MORE PRODUCTIVE USES FOR LAND, AND AS BUSINESS ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE AREA ORIENT TO NEW HIGHWAY AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS, SUBSTANTIAL IMPACT WILL BE FELT ON INCOME AND GROSS PRODUCT. /BPR/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Hpr, 911, HPR-1 (3)
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Wisconsin, Madison

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    1415 Engineering Drive
    Madison, WI  United States  53706

    Wisconsin Department of Transportation

    Division of Highways, 3502 Kinsman Boulevard
    Madison, WI  United States  53704

    Bureau of Public Roads /US

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Dodge, W H
  • Publication Date: 1966

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00201190
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bureau of Public Roads /US
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 16 1994 12:00AM