SUMMARY OF REPORT ON BENEFITS OF INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS

BENEFITS OF THE INTERSTATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM INCLUDE THOSE RECEIVED BY PEOPLE WHILE USING HIGHWAYS AND BENEFITS ACCRUED TO PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITIES INDIRECTLY AS A CONSEQUENCE OF HIGHWAY USE. BENEFITS ACCRUING TO INTERSTATE HIGHWAY USERS ARE SAVING IN TRAVEL TIME, OPERATING COSTS AND ACCIDENT REDUCTION. A 10% REDUCTION IN TRAVEL TIME HAS BEEN ACHIEVED BETWEEN CITIES. HIGHWAY TON MILES OF FREIGHT INCREASED BY OVER 60% DURING THE PAST 10 YEARS. HIGHWAYS IMPROVED OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORK AND LEISURE ACTIVITY. INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS INFLUENCE THE WAY LAND IS USED OR DEVELOPED AND LAND VALUES PROVIDE AN INDICATOR OF THE ECONOMIC POTENTIAL OF LAND. THE IMPROVED ACCESSIBILITY OF HIGHWAYS INCREASES THE NUMBER OF POTENTIAL USES FOR LAND NEARBY. HIGHWAYS PROVIDE NEW SITES FOR DEVELOPMENT AND BENEFIT EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES BY BROADENING THE LABOR AND JOB MARKETS AND REDUCING COMMUTER TRAVEL TIME. RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS CAN BENEFIT FROM REDUCED TRAFFIC. PEOPLE ARE GIVEN ADDITIONAL MOBILITY AND A BETTER OPPORTUNITY TO SHOP FOR GOODS AND SERVICES AT NEIGHBORHOOD STORES. COMMUNITY SERVICES AND ENVIRONMENT CAN BE IMPROVED BY JOINTLY DEVELOPING COMMUNITY FACILITIES WITH HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION. INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS ALSO CAN HAVE A SIGNIFICANT BENEFICIAL IMPACT IN REDUCING AIR AND NOISE POLLUTION IN URBAN AREAS. INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS LEND THEMSELVES TO ENCOURAGING GROWTH CENTERS AWAY FROM EXISTING LARGE CITIES AND REMEDY UNDER-DEVELOPED AREAS. MANUFACTURING EMPLOYMENT IN THE CONNECTICUT TURNPIKE AREA INCREASED 27% BETWEEN 1956 AND 1962 COMPARED TO NO CHANGE OR DECLINE ELSEWHERE IN CONNECTICUT.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • 32 Pp, 5 FiG, REFS
  • Corporate Authors:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Publication Date: 1970-6

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00201891
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 26 1970 12:00AM