BENEFITS TO UTILITIES FROM RURAL HIGHWAY LOCATIONS IN OREGON

THE RECENT EMPHASIS ON ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDIES AND THE NEED FOR DETERMINING NON-USER AS WELL AS USER BENEFITS FROM HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENTS HAS RESULTED IN THE OREGON STATE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENTS HAVING THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON, BUREAU OF BUSINESS RESEARCH, PREPARE A STUDY ON ELECTRIC UTILITY BENEFITS RESULTING FROM FREE USE OF RURAL HIGHWAY RIGHT-OF-WAY. THE ECONOMIC STUDY MEASURED THE EXTENT OF UTILITY USE OF RURAL HIGHWAY RIGHT-OF-WAY, THE APPROXIMATE BENEFITS RECEIVED, AND THE COST INCURRED FROM SUCH USE. USE OF RURAL HIGHWAY RIGHT-OF-WAY BY UTILITIES BENEFITS THE UTILITY BY ELIMINATING THE NECESSITY TO ACQUIRE EASEMENTS FROM PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNERS, PROVIDING EASY ACCESS AND INSPECTION, AND REDUCING MAINTENANCE COSTS. DISADVANTAGES TO THE UTILITY RESULT FROM THE NECESSITY OF PAYING FOR RELOCATION RESULTING FROM HIGHWAY CHANGES AND DAMAGES TO UTILITY EQUIPMENT BY VEHICULAR ACCIDENTS. THE STUDY SHOWED NET MONETARY BENEFITS TO UTILITIES, WITH THE ADVANTAGES GENERALLY OUTWEIGHING THE DISADVANTAGES. THE EXISTENCE OF UTILITY LINES ON THE HIGHWAYS SERIOUSLY AFFECTS THE HIGHWAY USER WHEN THEIR PRESENCE (1) DECREASES SAFETY, (2) INCREASES COST OF HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE, (3) REDUCES FLOW OF TRAFFIC, AND (4) INTERFERES WITH THE AESTHETICS OF THE LANDSCAPE. /AUTHOR/

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  • Accession Number: 00201708
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  • Created Date: Sep 29 1994 12:00AM