STUDYING THE CONNECTICUT TURNPIKE - A BEFORE-AND-AFTER ANALYSIS

BEFORE AND AFTER ANALYSES ARE BEING CONDUCTED ON THE CONNECTICUT TURNPIKE. SIX TOPICS INCLUDED IN THE PROJECT MAY BE PERTINENT TO RESEARCH ON THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENT: (1) POPULATION SHIFTS AND COMPOSITION, (2) DECENTRALIZATION OF MANUFACTURING PLANTS, (3) CHANGES IN RETAIL TRADE AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICES, (4) DEVELOPMENT OF THE RECREATION INDUSTRY, (5) CHANGES IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT SERVICES AND COSTS, AND (6) SHIFTS IN LAND USE AND PROPERTY VALUES. THE CONNECTICUT TURNPIKE IS SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION IN 1957, 1954 AND 1955 HAVE BEEN USED AS THE BASE PERIOD OF COMPARISON FOR ALL SECONDARY SOURCES OF INFORMATION. FIELD INVESTIGATIONS DID NOT BEGIN UNTIL 1956, THEREFORE MOST OF THE PRIMARY DATA BEGIN WITH 1956 OR 1957. AFTER COMPLETION OF THE TURNPIKE COMPARISONS WILL BE MADE ON AN ANNUAL BASIS FOR AN INDEFINITE PERIOD. THE PROJECT WILL BE CONCERNED WITH THAT PORTION OF THE CONNECTICUT TURNPIKE THAT LIES IN NEW LONDON AND WINDHAM COUNTIES. SEVEN AREAS WERE IDENTIFIED WITH REFERENCE TO THE TURNPIKE, AND EACH PHASE OF THE INVESTIGATION WILL COVER THESE AREAS. AERIAL VIEWS WILL BE USED OF LAND ADJACENT TO MAIN HIGHWAYS AT INTERCHANGE POINTS. TRAFFIC COUNTS WERE MADE ON MANY ROADS AND THE STATE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT WILL EXPAND ITS COVERAGE TO INCLUDE THE CONNECTICUT TURNPIKE.

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  • Accession Number: 00201845
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 14 1970 12:00AM