A STUDY OF INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS, FRONTAGE ROADS AND INDUSTRY LOCATION

STUDIES ARE REVIEWED DEALING WITH PLANT LOCATION CONCEPTS, RESULTS SHOWING PLANT LOCATION PROCESSES AND DECISIONS IN TEXAS, AND AN ANALYSIS IS MADE OF THE RELATIONSHIP OF THEORY OF LOCATION PROCESSES WITH PRACTICE AS IDENTIFIED WITH THE INTERSTATE SYSTEM, WITH AND WITHOUT FRONTAGE ROADS, IN TEXAS. AMONG THE FINDINGS OF THIS STUDY WERE: (1) THAT FIRMS LOCATING AFTER CONSTRUCTION OF THE INTERSTATE HIGHWAY CONSIDER FRONTAGE ROADS TO BE OF GREATER IMPORTANCE TO THE OPERATION OF THEIR PLANT THAN FIRMS SELECTING SITES IN THESE AREAS PRIOR TO CONSTRUCTION OF THE FACILITY, (2) THAT TEXAS' FOUR METROPOLITAN CITIES FRONTAGE ROAD LOCATIONS ACCOUNTED FOR SEVEN OUT OF TEN PLANT SITES. HOWEVER, IN SATELLITE COMMUNITIES SURROUNDING THESE CITIES, FRONTAGE ROAD LOCATION REPRESENTED ONLY 35 PERCENT OF THE INDUSTRIAL SITES, (3) THAT THREE OUT OF FOUR FIRMS LOCATING IN THE SMALLER CITIES (LESS THAN 50,000) MADE DETAILED EVALUATIONS OF HIGHWAY AND STREET FACILITIES, AVAILABLE TO THE PLANT SITE, PRIOR TO THEIR LOCATION DECISION, WHILE ONLY ONE OF THREE FIRMS LOCATED IN THE LARGE CITIES CONDUCTED THIS TYPE OF STUDY, (4) THAT INTERSTATE HIGHWAY LOCATIONS ACCOUNTED FOR ONLY 38 OF THE 1,495 PLANT SITES SELECTED DURING THE STUDY PERIOD. MORE THAN ONE HALF OF THE NON-INTERSTATE LOCATIONS ARE SERVICED BY CITY STREETS ONLY, (5) THAT WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THOSE FIRMS HAVING DIRECT ACCESS TO THE INTERSTATE FACILITY, THERE APPEARS TO BE NO SIGNIFICANT TREND FOR FIRMS TO SELECT PLANT SITES EITHER NEARER OR FURTHER AWAY FROM THE FACILITY BASED SOLELY UPON THE AVAILABILITY OF FRONTAGE ROAD ACCESS, (6) THAT NON-FRONTAGE ROAD LOCATIONS MADE THEIR STRONGEST SHOWING IN THE LEAST DESIRABLE INDUSTRIAL AREAS, AND (7) THAT LEASED PLANTS TEND TO BE ORIENTED TOWARD FRONTAGE ROAD AREAS. /BPR/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Hpr, Hpr-1 (5), 2-15-53-66-2
  • Corporate Authors:

    Texas Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System, 1600 E Lamar Boulevard
    Arlington, TX  United States  76011

    Texas A&M University, College Station

    College Station, TX  United States  77840

    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:
    • Richards, H A
    • Miller, J P
    • Allio, W H
  • Publication Date: 1968

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00201207
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bureau of Public Roads /US
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 29 1994 12:00AM