VISUAL VALUES FOR HIGHWAYS

CHARACTERISTICS HAVING VISUAL AND ESTHETIC MERIT IN THE HIGHWAY ENVIRONMENT AND THE MANY POSSIBLE INTERRELATIONSHIPS OF THESE CHARACTERISTICS AS VARIABLES IN HIGHWAY PLANNING AND DESIGN WERE IDENTIFIED. TECHNIQUES WERE DEVISED TO IDENTIFY THE RELATIVE MERITS OF VISUAL CHARACTERISTICS AND TO PREDICT HOW THEY MIGHT IMPROVE DRIVER PERCEPTION AND PERFORMANCE. HIGHWAYS CAN THEN BE DESIGNED TO EMPHASIZE UNIQUE VISUAL CHARACTERISTICS AT DIFFERENT SITES. THIS ENABLES THE ECONOMIC USE OF LOCAL VISUAL INFORMATION AND DESIGN OPORTUNITIES AND ALSO INTRODUCES VISUAL INFORMATION RELEVANT TO THE DRIVER'S NEEDS IN SPECIFIC HIGHWAY SITUATIONS. A METHODOLOGY IS INDICATED WHICH AIDS IN THE APPRAISAL AND INTERPRETATION OF ESTHETIC VALUES IN CORRIDOR AND ROUTE LOCATION PROCEDURES. MEANS ARE ALSO PROVIDED FOR COMPARATIVE EVALUATION AND FOR IDENTIFICATION OF ALTERNATTE CHOICES RELATING QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE VARIABLES. THE METHODOLOGY WAS TESTED AND ILLUSTRATED BY CASE STUDY, USING AN EXISTING HIGHWAY (ROUTE 109, IN EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS) WHICH IS CURRENTLY PROPOSED FOR RELOCATION AND REDESIGN. ALL DATA WERE PREPARED FOR COMPUTER MANIPULATION AND SIMULATION, AND THEY ARE AVAILABLE USE IN FUTURE STUDY. /FHWA/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Massachusetts Transportation Commission

    ,    

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Hornbeck, P L
  • Publication Date: 1970-9

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00204638
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Fh-11-6620
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 1 1971 12:00AM