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NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 24-13 [Final (Synthesis)]

Assessing the Effects of Highway-Widening Improvements on Urban and Suburban Areas
[ NCHRP 20-05 (Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Practices) ]

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This synthesis will be of interest to highway environmental specialists (particularly those concerned with assessing social and economic impacts), design engineers, planners, utility managers, and others responsible for the planning, design, and implementation of highway-widening improvements. Information is presented on the reasons for highway-widening projects, the nature of the projects, and the methods and practices for application of analytical techniques used to measure the potential or actual impacts of the projects on people and the physical environment. Mitigation measures are also discussed. This report of the Transportation Research Board describes the most recent widening projects as reported by states or other transportation agencies, as well as the most frequently encountered issues in highway widening. Selected examples of widening projects are included, as is some recognition of the need for additional information and research in the areas of social and economic impact measurement.  The report for this topic can be purchased at http://www.trb.org/news/blurb_detail.asp?id=3336

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