Criteria for the Evaluation and Disposition of Low-Traffic-Count Secondary Roads, HR-139, 1969

(1969) Criteria for the Evaluation and Disposition of Low-Traffic-Count Secondary Roads, HR-139, 1969. Transportation, Department of

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Abstract

The State of Iowa has too many roads. Although ranking thirty-fourth in population, twenty-fifth in area, and twentieth in motor vehicle registration, it ranks seventh in the nation in miles of rural roads. In 1920 when Iowa's rural population was 1,528,000, there were 97,440 miles of secondary roads. In 1960 with rural population down 56 percent to 662,000, there were 91,000 miles of secondary roads--a 7 percent decrease. The question has been asked: "Who are these 'service roads' serving?" This excess mileage tends to dissipate road funds at a critical time of increasing public demand for better and safer roads.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Benefit cost analysis, County roads, Highway safety, Rural areas, Secondary roads
Subjects: Transportation
Transportation > Roads and highways
Transportation > History
Transportation > Maintenance and preservation
ID Code: 19622
Deposited By: Iowa DOT Library
Deposited On: 01 Jun 2015 11:17
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2015 11:17
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/19622