Site Impact of New Developmentsby Gary W. Davies, Garmen Associates, Montville, NJ, USA,
Abstract: Traffic studies which relate to specific development projects and their impacts are becoming a major part of transportation planning practice. Rapid suburbanization of development has led to the construction of large scale office, shopping center, and residential projects in areas with highway systems which are most often ill prepared to absorb the impacts. A trend which makes these site studies more crucial is the movement toward pro rata sharing of highway improvement costs among developers. Specific formulae which often must stand up to legal tests are based upon site traffic studies, and thus impose an additional burden upon planners for rigor and flexibility.
Subject Headings: Traffic analysis | Traffic management | Transportation studies | Suburbs | Infrastructure construction | Residential construction | Highways and roads | Shopping centers
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