MEASURING LAND USE CHANGE ALONG ROUTE 128

ROUTE 128 IN MASSACHUSETTS PROVIDES A LIMITED-ACCESS LOOP AROUND THE CONGESTED BOSTON AREA. THIS ROUTE IS BEING REBUILT AS A LIMITED-ACCESS FOUR-AND-SIX LANE HIGHWAY ON A NEW LOCATION. THE NEW LOCATION WAS PLACED IN THE NEAREST FRINGE OF UNDEVELOPED LAND ADJACENT TO THE SUBURBS. UNFORESEEN THING HAPPENED WHEN THE ROAD WAS OPENED: (1) ABOUT THREE TIMES AS MUCH TRAFFIC APPEARED AS WAS FORECAST, AND (2) THERE WAS A RAPID GROWTH OF INDUSTRIAL PLANTS ALONG THE HIGHWAY. ACCESS TO THE ROAD IS ONLY BY THE INTERCHANGES. THESE INTERCHANGES ARE QUITE CLOSE TOGETHER. AVERAGING ABOUT TWO OR THREE MILES APART. THE PURPOSE OF THIS SURVEY IS TO DETERMINE TO WHAT EXTENT THE HIGHWAY WAS RESPONSIBLE OR WHETHER THE DEVELOPMENTS MIGHT HAVE TAKEN PLACE ANYWAY. DATA ARE BEING OBTAINED FROM THE CITIES AND TOWNS.

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  • Accession Number: 00201841
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 14 1970 12:00AM