BETTER HIGHWAYS FOR WASHINGTON: NEEDS, FINANCING, AND LAW

THE FUNCTIONAL CLASSIFICATION OF HIGHWAYS, ROADS, AND STREETS IN WASHINGTON PROVIDED GROUPINGS INTO INTEGRATED SYSTEMS, EACH RANKED BY THEIR IMPORTANCE TO THE GENERAL WELFARE, THE MOTORIST, AND THE LAND USE STRUCTURE. THIS CLASSIFICATION PROVIDED A SOUND BASIS FOR EVALUATING BOTH PRESENT AND FUTURE HIGHWAY, ROAD, AND STREET NEEDS. NEEDS WERE PROJECTED THROUGH 1990 ON THESE FACILITIES FOR THE STATE, COUNTY, AND CITIES BY FUNCTIONAL CLASS. A TABLE IS PRESENTED WHICH IS A SUMMARY OF THE PROJECTED HIGHWAY, ROAD, AND STREET NEEDS FOR EACH LEVEL OF GOVERNMENT THROUGH 1990, STATED AT 1967 PRICE LEVELS, AND ON THE BASIS OF A 23- YEAR CATCH-UP PERIOD. THE FINANCIAL PROGRAMS ARE SUMMARIZED WHICH WERE RECOMMENDED FOR CONSTRUCTING, MAINTAINING AND ADMINISTERING WASHINGTON'S HIGHWAYS, ROADS AND STREETS. THE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE BASED UPON PROJECTIONS OF REVENUES, RESULTS OF THE FUNCTIONAL CLASSIFICATION AND NEED STUDIES, AND THE COMPREHENSIVE ANALYSIS OF THE EFFECTS OF FISCAL POLICY ON ADMINISTRATIVE JURISDICTION, CONTROLS AND INCENTIVES, AND INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS. THE STUDY REVEALED THAT THE TREND IN FINANCING HIGHWAYS, ROADS AND STREETS IN WASHINGTON HAS BEEN AWAY FROM GENERAL TAXES AND TOWARDS SPECIFIC TAXES ON THE HIGHWAY USER, AND THAT RESPONSIBILITY FOR FINANCING HIGHWAYS HAS GRADUALLY SHIFTED TOWARD HIGHER LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT. A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF THE FISCAL ANALYSIS WAS DEVOTED TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN EQUITABLE PLAN FOR THE ALLOCATION OF MOTOR FUEL TAXES. THE FOLLOWING OBJECTIVES WERE FORMULATED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE POLICY AND TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEES TO SERVE AS THE BASIS FOR ANALYZING THE ALLOCATION OF THESE REVENUES: (1) LEVEL OF SERVICE, (2) IMPORTANCE, (3) GRANT-IN-AID, (4) NEEDS, (5) OTHER REVENUES, (6) POLICY CHANGES, (7) FIRST CALL, AND (8) FLUCTUATIONS. THE EQUITABLE ALLOCATION PLAN IS PRESENTED. THE LAWS STUDY WAS CONCERNED WITH HOW WELL EXISTING LAWS SERVE TO ATTAIN PRESENTLY ESTABLISHED POLICY OBJECTIVES. CONSTITUTIONAL AND STATUTORY PROVISIONS RELATED TO FINANCING OF STATE HIGHWAY, COUNTY ROAD, AND CITY STREET PROGRAMS WERE REVIEWED TO DETERMINE THEIR ADEQUACY AS ADMINISTRATIVE TOOLS.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • 22 Pp, 16 TAB, 10 APP
  • Corporate Authors:

    Washington State Legis Jt Comm Hwys

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  • Publication Date: 1969-2

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  • Accession Number: 00201731
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 9 1970 12:00AM