HIGHWAY INVESTMENT AS A PLANNING TOOL FOR AREA DEVELOPMENT

PLANNING GOALS THAT MIGHT APPLY TO AREA DEVELOPMENT INCLUDE' /1/ STIMULATING AND EXPANDING ECONOMIC GROWTH IN THE REGION, AND ALTERNATIVELY /2/ RATIONALIZING THE REGIONAL ECONOMY THROUGH ENCOURAGING OUT-MIGRATION AND ADJUSTMENT TO A MORE EXTENSIVE EQUILIBRIUM LEVEL. ATTAINING EITHER GOAL MAY BE AIDED BY HIGHWAY INVESTMENT WHICH /1/ BRINGS ACCESS TO RESOURCES HITHERTO LATENT, /2/ IMPROVES LOCAL ACCESSIBILITY WITHIN THE REGION, /3/ GENERATES DIRECT EMPLOYMENT AND INCOME IN THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS, AND /4/ IMPROVES AN AREAS CONNECTIVITY TO SURROUNDING MORE SUCCESSFUL AREAS. HIGHWAY AND EDUCATION IMPROVEMENTS ARE A NECESSARY PART OF A DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRAM, BUT THEY ARE NO SUBSTITUTE FOR INVESTMENT IN PRODUCTION ITSELF. THERE IS LITTLE INCENTIVE FOR SUCH INVESTMENT IN A DECLINING AREA, WITHOUT SOME RATHER MASSIVE AID AS A PRODUCT OF ORGANIZED OUTSIDE EFFORT. AS PART OF A GENERAL INVESTMENT PROGRAM HIGHWAYS MUST PLAY A ROLE, SINCE INADEQUATE ROADS AND CONGESTION COULD UNDO OTHER GAINS.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • No 35, pp 2-3
  • Authors:
    • Morrill, R L
  • Publication Date: 1966-7

Media Info

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00201151
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 18 1994 12:00AM