FREEWAYS IN THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT

CONTRIBUTIONS OF HIGHWAYS TO THE SATISFACTION OF COMMUNITY DESIRES AND GOALS ARE DISCUSSED. THE HIGHWAYS MUST SERVE THESE PURPOSES AND PROVEDE MOBILITY AT THE SAME TIME. THE 1968 FEDERAL HIGHWAY ACT PROVISIONS FOR RELOCATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS ARE DISCUSSED. THE ACT REQUIRES THAT IN ADDITION TO CONSIDERING ECONOMIC EFFECTS, HIGHWAY DEPARTMENTS MUST CONSIDER THE SOCIAL EFFECTS OF HIGHWAY LOCATION AND THE IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT AS WELL AS THE CONSISTENCY WITH PRIVATE USES OF CORRIDOR DEVELOPMENT WHICH SHOULD BE CONSIDERED BY THE COMMUNITY AS A MEANS OF INCREASING THE TAX BASE. HIGHWAYS CAN CONTRIBUTE TO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT THROUGH THEIR ABILITY TO ASSEMBLE LARGE TRACTS OF LANDS. IT SHOULD BE REALIZED THAT RIGHTS-OF-WAY FOR HIGHWAY PURPOSES ARE RIGHTS FOR THE ROADWAY PLUS WHATEVER ADDITIONAL LANDS, OR SPACE, ARE NECESSARY TO ASSURE COMPATIBLE USAGE. IT WAS RECOMMENDED THAT HIGHWAY FUNDS BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR THE ASSEMBLY OF LAND WHICH COULD BE TAKEN OVER EITHER BY THE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT OR SOME OTHER PUBLIC AGENCY AND SOLD BY COMPETITIVE BID TO PRIVATE INVESTORS WHO WANT TO DEVELOP LAND IN ACCORDANCE WITH A COMPATIBLE PLAN. CASES ARE DISCUSSED WHERE HIGHWAY LOCATION HAS PROVIDED RESIDUAL LANDOWNERS WITH EXCESSIVE PROFITS FROM THE SALE OF LAND, ESPECIALLY AROUND INTERCHANGES. THIS SHOULD NOT BE PERMITTED. HIGHWAY USER FUNDS SHOULD BE SPENT FOR ACTIVITIES SUCH AS JOINT DEVELOPMENT.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 88-100
  • Monograph Title: Joint development and multiple use of transportation rights-of-way; proceedings of a conference held November 14-15, 1968, Washington, DC
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00201673
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 25 1994 12:00AM