ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS FOR HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION PROGRAMING AND DISCUSSION

A SUMMARY IS PRESENTED FROM THE CHIEF ADMINISTRATOR'S POINT OF VIEW OF BASIC ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS FOR HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION PROGRAMING. THE NORTH CAROLINA STATE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT HAS RESPONSIBILITY FOR OVER 70,000 MILES OF HIGHWAYS, INCLUDING ALL THE PRIMARY ROADS, ALL OF THE RURAL SECONDARY ROADS AND APPROXIMATELY 30 PERCENT OF THE CITY STREETS IN THE STATE. A RATHER COMPLETE AND DETAILED ANALYSIS IS MADE OF A PROJECT BY THE ADVANCE PLANNING DEPARTMENT. THE PLANNING BOARD, MADE UP OF ALL DISCIPLINES, HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH A GIVEN PROJECT THROUGH ALL OF THE PLANNING STAGES. WITH THE BUREAU OF PUBLIC ROADS AS A PART OF THE PLANNING BOARD, PRACTICALLY ALL OF THE MAJOR PROBLEMS ARE WORKED OUT INITIALLY BEFORE THE PROJECT GETS INTO THE DESIGN STAGE. WITH THIS TYPE OF OPERATION, MAJOR CONFLICTS WHICH MAY OCCUR IN THE LAST STAGES OF DESIGN ARE ELIMINATED BY A THOROUGH INITIAL ANALYSIS OF THE PROJECT IN THE PLANNING STAGE. THE EXPERIENCE OF THE NORTH CAROLINA STATE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN THAT THE BEST APPROACH TO CONSTRUCTION PLANNING AND PROGRAMING IS THROUGH THE OPERATION OF A WELL-QUALIFIED ADVANCE PLANNING DEPARTMENT WHICH HAS A THOROUGH UNDERSTANDING OF THE NEEDS OF THE STATE, AND HAS NO OTHER FUNCTION THAN THE CONTINUOUS ANALYSIS OF LONG-RANGE AND SHORT-RANGE NEEDS. THROUGH THE MEDIUM OF A PLANNING BOARD, THE DESIRABLE LIAISON AND COORDINATION CAN BE MAINTAINED BETWEEN THE PLANNING FUNCTION, THE ENGINEERING FUNCTION, AND THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE BUREAU OF PUBLIC ROADS IN BOTH AREAS.

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  • Accession Number: 00200356
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 29 1994 12:00AM