A PROGRAM FOR DEVELOPMENT AND RESEARCH IN LOCAL RURAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION

IMPROVEMENT OF LOCAL RURAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION WOULD BE GREATLY FACILITATED BY THE SOLUTION OF FOUR BASIC PROBLEMS, WHICH ARE (1) A GENERAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE PROFESSIONAL CHARACTER OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED OF THE EXECUTIVE OF THE LOCAL RURAL HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT. THESE QUALIFICATIONS INCLUDE (A) SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE OF HIGHWAY ENGINEERING AND (B) A CAPACITY FOR MANAGEMENT. (2) DEVELOPMENT OF USABLE UNIFORM COST ACCOUNTING PROCEDURES, (3) DEVELOPMENT OF CRITERIA FOR MEASURING THE PERFORMANCE OF ROAD EQUIPMENT, AND (4) DEVELOPMENT OF STANDARDS FOR LOCAL ROAD MAINTENANCE. ALTHOUGH THE FIRST PROBLEM IS MORE FUNDAMENTAL THAN THE OTHERS, ITS SOLUTION WILL LIKELY EMERGE AS A BY-PRODUCT OF THE ATTACK ON THE OTHERS. AND THE SOLUTIONS OF THE OTHERS ARE MOST LIKELY TO BE ADAPTATIONS TO HIGHWAY MATTERS OF KNOWLEDGE AND PROCEDURES ALREADY KNOWN AND USED IN OTHER AREAS. IT IS SUGGESTED, THEREFORE, THAT APPLIED RATHER THAN PURE RESEARCH IS INDICATED. A SECONDARY PROBLEM HAS TWO PARTS: (1) HOW MAY LOCAL RURAL HIGHWAY MANAGEMENT BE AROUSED TO SEEK ASSISTANCE, AND (2) HOW MAY THOSE WITH KNOWLEDGE WHICH CAN BE ADAPTED TO THE NEEDS BE BROUGHT INTO EFFECTIVE CONTACT WITH THE NEEDS. IT IS SUGGESTED THAT IMAGINATIVE LEADERSHIP MAY ACCOMPLISH THIS CONTACT AND THAT WAYS OF FINANCING THE PROCEDURE CAN BE FOUND. /AUTHOR/

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  • Accession Number: 00200263
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 12 1994 12:00AM