INTERGOVERNMENTAL COOPERATION IN HIGHWAY AFFAIRS

A COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROJECT SPONSORED BY A GROUP OF NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, LED TO SPONSORSHIP OF A COOPERATIVE PROJECT TO: (1) FORMULATE A SERIES OF PRINCIPLES UNDERLYING SOUND, COOPERATIVE RELATIONSHIPS, AND (2) CONDUCT A PILOT STUDY IN A PARTICULAR STATE TO ASCERTAIN AND TEST TENTATIVE PRINCIPLES UNDER SPECIFIC LOCAL CONDITIONS AND CIRCUMSTANCES. THE PILOT STUDY WAS MADE IN MARYLAND. THE FOLLOWING RECOMMENDATIONS ARE MADE CONCERNING HIGHWAY CLASSIFICATION: (1) LEGISLATION SHOULD AUTHORIZE AND DIRECT THE STATE HIGHWAY AGENCY TO INITIATE AND SUPERVISE THE CLASSIFICATION OF ALL HIGHWAYS AND STREETS INTO APPROPRIATE SYSTEMS, BASED ON THE CHARACTER AND EXTENT OF TRAFFIC SERVICE RENDERED, (2) THE STATE HIGHWAY AGENCY SHOULD BE AUTHORIZED AND DIRECTED TO COORDINATE THE WORK OF CLASSIFICATION AND TO APPROVE THE SYSTEMS SELECTED, AND (3) PROVISION SHOULD BE MADE TO PERMIT ADDITIONS TO AND DELETIONS FROM THE ESTABLISHED SYSTEMS AS FUTURE NEEDS REQUIRE. ADEQUATE STANDARDS ARE RECOMMENDED FOR DESIGN, MAINTENANCE, AND UNIFORM TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES AND REGULATIONS. THE FOLLOWING UNIFORM STANDARDS ARE RECOMMENDED: (1) LEGISLATION SHOULD REQUIRE AGREEMENT BY ALL APPROPRIATE HIGHWAY AGENCIES ON STANDARDS FOR THE SEVERAL CLASSES OF HIGHWAYS AND STREETS IN RELATION TO TRAFFIC REQUIREMENTS, (2) LEGISLATION SHOULD REQUIRE THE ADOPTION OF UNIFORM STANDARDS FOR TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES AND REGULATIONS AND COMPLIANCE WITH THESE STANDARDS BY ALL GOVERNMENTAL UNITS, AND (3) ALL STANDARDS SHOULD CONFORM AS NEARLY AS POSSIBLE TO RECOGNIZED NATIONAL STANDARDS. SUGGESTIONS ARE GIVEN FOR THE SUCCESSFUL COORDINATION OF HIGHWAY ROUTE PLANNING IN METROPOLITAN AREAS. EFFECTIVE ADMINISTRATIVE MACHINERY, COUPLED WITH ADEQUATE LEGISLATIVE SANCTIONS, MUST BE PROVIDED TO BRING ABOUT SOUND COOPERATIVE RELATIONSHIPS. AUTHORITY AND RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE HIGHWAY FUNCTION AT EACH LEVEL OF GOVERNMENT MUST BE CLEARLY DEFINED AND ASSIGNED.

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  • Accession Number: 00200330
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jul 28 1994 12:00AM