ECOLOGICAL PLANNING AND HIGHWAY DESIGN

THE BOSTON TRANSPORTATION PLANNING REVIEW (BTPR) PROVIDED AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ECOLOGICAL GROUPS TO ORGANIZE AND EXPRESS THEMSELVES IN A UNIFIED MANNER ALONGSIDE THE INTERESTS AND VALUES OF OTHER SOCIAL AND POLITICAL INTEREST GROUPS THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE PROCESS. THEIR PARTICIPATION LED TO THEIR MAKING A MAJOR RECOMMENDATION IN THE SELECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANT TEAM. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AND VARIOUS INTERDISCIPLINARY TEAMS CONTRIBUTED TO THE RESOLUTION OF ISSUES WHICH MAY NOT HAVE BEEN OTHERWISE RESOLVED. PROBLEMS WERE STATED IN A FORM FOR EVALUATING THE TRADE-OFF FACTORS OF COST, FACTORS RELATED TO HUMAN USE (RESIDENTIAL, BUSINESS AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT) AND ECOLOGICAL IMPACT RELATED TO NATURAL SYSTEMS AND AREAS. REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL TEAM VISITED HUNDREDS OF REGIONAL AND SUBREGIONAL MEETINGS ORGANIZED TO DISCUSS THE VARIOUS ISSUES THAT CONCERNED THEM. THE RESOLUTION OF ISSUES FACING THE NORTH SHORE REGION WITH ITS WOODS AND MARSH AREAS IS DISCUSSED. THE LOCATION OF A MAJOR CORRIDOR IN THE SOUTHWEST PRODUCED A POLARIZATION BETWEEN POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS. THE ISSUES WERE IDENTIFIED AND ANALYZED BEFORE DECISIONS WERE MADE. A DETAILED INVESTIGATION (SURFACE WATER FEATURES OF THE AREA WERE DOCUMENTED, THE VEGETATION WAS ANALYZED AS WAS ALSO THE SOIL AND SURFICIAL GEOLOGY) OF A LOCATION REVEALED AN AREA OF CONCERN THAT HAD NOT BEEN SUSPECTED BEFORE.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: p. 124-127
  • Monograph Title: CITIZEN PARTICIPATION IN TRANSPORTATION PLANNING
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00200634
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 5 1974 12:00AM