RESEARCH IN COUNTY AND LOCAL ROAD ADMINISTRATION

COUNTY AND LOCAL ROAD ADMINISTRATIVE UNITS ARE RECEIVING ATTENTION AS A RESULT OF THE EMERGENCE OF A FEDERAL-AID PROGRAM OF SECONDARY ROAD IMPROVEMENT OF RATHER SUBSTANTIAL PROPORTIONS. COUNTY AND LOCAL ROAD ADMINISTRATION ARE CHARACTERIZED AS FOLLOWS: (1) EXCEEDINGLY VARIED IN PATTERN (2) DECIDEDLY VARIED IN QUALITY, AND (3) DIFFERENT FROM STATE HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION. FOUR AVENUES OF RESEARCH ARE SUGGESTED TO IMPROVE LOCAL ROAD ADMINISTRATION: (1) RESEARCH LEADING TO A STATEMENT OF THE PRINCIPLES UNDERLYING EFFICIENT AND RESPONSIBLE LOCAL ROAD ADMINISTRATION, (2) A REVIEW OF IMMEDIATE OBSTACLES STANDING IN THE WAY OF ESTABLISHING NECESSARY CONDITIONS FAVORABLE TO THE EXISTENCE OF GOOD COUNTY AND LOCAL ROAD ADMINISTRATION, (3) STUDIES OF HANDICAPS TO TOWNSHIP AND PRECINCT OR DISTRICT OPERATIONS THROUGH INABILITY TO OWN MACHINERY AND TO PLACE WORK UNDER ADEQUATE SUPERVISION, AND (4) A STUDY OF ACHIEVEMENT UNDER ENGINEERING SUPERVISION IN SELECTED COUNTIES HAVING MINIMUM RESOURCES. IT IS SUGGESTED THAT OPERATIONS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT WOULD BE MUCH IMPROVED BY PROFESSIONALLY QUALIFIED SPECIALISTS, RESPONSIBLE TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. DEVELOPMENT OF HARMONIOUS FEDERAL-STATE-LOCAL AND STATE- LOCAL RELATIONSHIPS WOULD GIVE LOCAL ROAD ADMINISTRATION A VIGOROUS IMPULSE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

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    • Nelson, C M
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  • Publication Date: 1947

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 16-23
  • Monograph Title: Report of committee on highway organization and administration including summary of aims and activities and special papers
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  • Accession Number: 00200244
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 19 1994 12:00AM