PROBLEMS IN FORMULATING HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION PROGRAMS AND DISCUSSION

THE DIAGNOSIS IS PRESENTED OF CONSTRUCTION PROGRAMMING PROGLEMS WHICH VIEWS THE CENTRAL ISSUE AS ONE OF ATTAINING A CLIMATE WHICH ALLOWS FULL MANAGEMENT EXPLOITATION OF BUDGETING. SOME HUMAN RELATIONS ISSUES ARE EXPLORED. THE PARTICULAR PROBLEMS CONSIDERED INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS EXAMINED CONSTRUCTIVELY IN RELATION TO PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT THROUGH BUDGET PRACTICE: (1) HOW IS BUDGET ADMINISTRATION LEADERSHIP TO SECURE DEPARTMENTAL MANAGEMENT UNITY IN VIEW OF THE TRADITIONALLY PREDOMINANT ROLE OF NONMANAGER PERSONNEL? (2) HOW CAN THE PLANNING AGENCY OF EACH HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT WITH COOPERATION FROM OTHER DEPARTMENTAL PERSONNEL BE MADE KEENLY AWARE OF ITS RESPONSIBILITY FOR RECOMMENDING A WISE AND COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM VIEWED SIMULTANEOUSLY BY HIGHWAY SYSTEMS, GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS, PHASE OF WORK, ROUTES, AND CLASSES OF PROJECTS? (3) HOW CAN THE DOZEN OR TWO TOP ADMINISTRATORS IN A HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT BE MADE KEENLY CONSCIOUS OF MANAGEMENT NEEDS AND OF THE CONTRIBUTION BUDGET ADMINISTRATION CAN MAKE TOWARD MEETING THESE NEEDS? THE MANAGEMENT TOOL FOR FORMULATING AND EXECUTING A HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM IS THE BUDGET. THE BUDGET CYCLE HAS BEEN CONCEIVED AS INVOLVING: (1) PREPARATION OF ESTIMATES BY THE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT, (2) SUBMISSION OF THEM FOR APPROVAL, (3) LEGISLATIVE OR OTHER SANCTION, (4) EXECUTION, AND (5) AUDIT. A CONSTRUCTION BUDGET IS DISCUSSED AS A NECESSITY FOR ADVANCE PLANNING OF HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION. DECISION-MAKING BACKGROUND IS PRESENTED FOR SUCCESSFUL PLANNING STAFF APPROACH. RESPONSIBILITY OF THE BUDGET STAFF FOR MAKING ALL BRANCHES OF THE HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION AWARE OF MANAGEMENT KNOWHOW IS WORTHY OF GREAT EMPHASIS. THE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT'S TOP MANPOWER CAN BE GREATLY AIDED IF THE BUDGET STAFF ADEQUATELY REFLECTS MANAGEMENT CAPACITY TO ACHIEVE THE BEST USE OF SCARCE RESOURCES. PROCEDURES ARE OUTLINED FOR THESE FUNCTIONS.

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  • Accession Number: 00200353
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 29 1994 12:00AM