Urban Freeways and Changing Social Values

by Kneeland A. Godfrey, Jr., (M.ASCE), Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1975, Vol. 45, Issue 5, Pg. 80-84

Document Type: Feature article


One key reason for undertaking the $90 billion Interstate Highway System —even though the name may not so indicate? was traffic congestion in and near cities. The intercity segments of the Interstate are routed in areas of low population density, so costs are lower and opposition light. The urban segments are a different story—relatively few miles (5,000 to 8,000) but very high costs and in some cities, strong opposition to freeway construction in the past 10 to 15 years. This article presents an overview of the reasons for opposing such segments and what's been done about these problems.

Subject Headings: Urban areas | Highways and roads | Social factors | Traffic congestion | Interurban travel | Population projection | Construction costs | Infrastructure construction

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