THE SECONDARY ROAD PROGRAM IN NORTH CAROLINA

NORTH CAROLINA RANKS HIGH AMONG THE STATES IN RURAL POPULATION, TOTAL CROP VALUE, STATE-OPERATED LOCAL ROAD MILEAGE, RECENTLY PAVED SECONDARY ROADS, AND TOTAL INVENTORY OF PAVED LOCAL ROADS. WITHOUT EQUAL IN ANY STATE IS THE FACT THAT OVER 15,000 SECONDARY SYSTEM LOCAL ROAD MILES WERE RECENTLY PAVED IN FIVE YEARS. THE NORTH CAROLINA EXPERIENCE SHOULD PROVIDE VALUABLE BEFORE-AND-AFTER DATA IN TERMS OF TRAFFIC SERVICE, TRAFFIC GENERATION, PROGRAM COST, AND PUBLIC SERVICE IN TERMS OF IMPROVEMENTS IN RURAL ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL VALUES. THIS REPORT PRESENTS COMPLETE VEHICLE-MILE AND ROAD USE ANALYSES BY GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS BEFORE AND AFTER THE LARGE PAVING PROGRAM, RELATES TRAFFIC TRANSFER AND TRAFFIC GENERATION TO LAND USE, MAKES COMPARISONS WITH OTHER STATES WITHOUT SUCH A PROGRAM, AND PRESENTS SIMILAR DATA ON THE FEDERAL AID SECONDARY PORTION OF THE SYSTEM. DATA ARE PRESENTED ON THE STATE EXPENDITURES OF SOME $350 MILLION ON THIS LOCAL SYSTEM WITHIN A FIVE-YEAR PERIOD, AND $478 MILLION IN NINE YEARS. SINCE LOCAL ROADS SERVE RATHER THAN CREATE ECONOMIC AND SOCIOLOGICAL GROWTH, THE REPORT DOES NOT ATTEMPT TO EVALUATE THIS SERVICE STATISTICALLY. HOWEVER, CONSIDERABLE DATA ARE PRESENTED SHOWING THE CONTEMPORARY GROWTH OF SUCH FACTORS WHICH CONTRIBUTE TO A 'BETTER WAY OF LIFE,' BASED ON FACTUAL NORTH CAROLINA RECORDS. SUCH GROWTH FACTORS ARE REFLECTED IN DATA ON AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK, MILK, POULTRY, RURAL TELEPHONES, MOTOR VEHICLES, ELECTRICITY, HEALTH, EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATION, LEVEL-OF-LIVING INDEX, VOTING, LIBRARY SERVICE, RURAL INDUSTRY, ETC. THE MOST DIRECT STATISTIC OF SERVICE IS THE VOLUME OF PAVED ROAD TRAFFIC. THE REPORT POINTS OUT THAT THE DAILY VEHICLE-MILES OF TRAVEL ON HARD-SURFACED SECONDARY RURAL ROADS GREW FROM 1,880,500 TO 5,898,700 FROM 1949 TO 1953. THUS, ON THE AVERAGE FOR 1953, MORE THAN 4,000,000 VEHICLE-MILES OF PAVED LOCAL ROAD SERVICE WERE PROVIDED, A SERVICE NOT PROVIDED JUST FOUR YEARS BEFORE. TO ANYONE FAMILIAR WITH RURAL SOCIOLOGY, TRANSPORTATION, OR ECONOMICS, THIS CARDINAL FACT IS A TANGIBLE MEASURE OF A BETTER WAY OF LIFE. /AUTHOR/

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  • Accession Number: 00201633
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 7 1994 12:00AM