TWO NEW CLASSIFICATION TECHNIQUES

THE HIGHWAYS OF ONTARIO ARE CLASSIFIED INTO THREE MAJOR JURISDICTIONS: (1) THE KING'S HIGHWAY SYSTEM UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE PROVINCE, (2) THE COUNTY ROAD SYSTEM UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE ORGANIZED COUNTIES, AND (3) THE TOWNSHIP ROAD SYSTEM UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE ORGANIZED TOWNSHIPS. A CLASSIFICATION STUDY WAS CONDUCTED OF THE KING'S HIGHWAY SYSTEM IN CONJUNCTION WITH A COMPREHENSIVE NEEDS STUDY OF THESE ROADS. THE PURPOSE OF THE CLASSIFICATION WAS TO STABILIZE THE EXTENT OF THIS SYSTEM BY DEFINING A KING'S HIGHWAY, AND TO ESTABLISH SUB-CLASSES OF KING'S HIGHWAYS FOR ADMINISTRATIVE PURPOSES. THE KING'S HIGHWAYS WERE DEFINED AS THOSE COLLECTOR ROADS THAT CARRY RELATIVELY LARGE VOLUMES OF INTERREGIONAL TRAFFIC, OFFER THE SHORTEST ROUTES BETWEEN MAJOR POINTS OF TRAFFIC INTEREST AND CAN INTERCONNECT ALL SUCH PLACES WITH REASONABLE SERVICE TO THE MORE WIDELY DISTRIBUTED POPULATION IN RURAL AREAS. THREE MAIN SUB- CLASSES OF KING'S HIGHWAYS WERE ESTABLISHED AS A RESULT OF THE CLASSIFICATION STUDY: FREEWAY, TRUNKLINE AND FEEDER HIGHWAYS. FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEFINING THE LIMITS OF THE SYSTEM AND TO DIFFERENTIATE THE SUB-CLASSES, CRITERIA WERE SOUGHT AS A MEASURE OF THE SERVICE CHARACTERISTICS OF EACH HIGHWAY SECTION. THESE INCLUDE: TRAFFIC VOLUME, POPULATION OF URBAN CENTERS, NATURAL RESOURCES AND LAND USE CHARACTERISTICS, PLUS THE INTEGRATION OF THE HIGHWAY NETWORK. TO INDICATE MORE PRECISELY THE FUNCTION OF EACH HIGHWAY, TWO ADDED MEASURES OF SERVICE WERE DEVELOPED: INTERCENTER SERVICE AND RURAL ACCESS SERVICE. A FINAL KING'S HIGHWAY CLASSIFICATION WAS ESTABLISHED WHICH IS PRESENTED IN A TABLE.

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  • Accession Number: 00200315
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jul 7 1994 12:00AM