Early Highway Planning


Early highway planning grew out the need for information on the rising tide of automobile and truck usage during the first quarter of the twentieth century. From 1904, when the first automobiles ventured out of the cities, traffic grew at a steady and rapid rate. After the initial period of highway construction, which connected many of the nation’s cities, emphasis shifted to improving the highway system to carry these increased traffic loads. New concepts were pioneered to increase highway capacity including control of access, elimination of at grade intersections, new traffic control devices, and improved roadway design.

Early highway planning was devoted to the collection and analysis of factual information and applying that information to the growing highway problems in the period prior to World War II. It was during this period that scientific and engineering principles were first used to measure highway traffic and capacity and to apply that knowledge to the planning and design...


Public Road Federal Highway Highway Construction Highway System Urban Highway 
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