Highway Facility Planning for the 21st Century

by Lester A. Hoel, Univ of Virginia, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering 21st Century Highways


This paper deals with the highway facility planning for the 21st century. Some of the forces that likely will influence transportation in the 21st Century are: the availability of energy, population distribution, demographics, variety of living arrangements, smaller family size, global forces, military, economic conditions, state of the economy, priorities for infrastructure investment. Some likely scenarios in the short run are: Automobile and truck transportation will continue as the dominant mode for personal travel. Urban clusters will develop in major metropolitan areas. Deregulation will promote innovation in transportation. In summary, the planner of tomorrow will deal with new technology, changing life styles, a global perspective and a sense of history.

Subject Headings: Highways and roads | Economic factors | Social factors | Highway and road management | Power transmission | Military engineering | Investments | Automobiles

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