Ceding Local Control to Highway Planners

Roger Valdez looks back at the history of highways, and the switch from local control to state and federal control due to the burden of financing and maintaining roads.
May 12, 2010, 7am PDT | Tim Halbur
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Valdez says the lack of local control of highway construction results in bad land use decisions.

"So the need to accommodate cars led to greater dependence on gas tax revenue, and with the dependence on gas tax revenue came more control over design by state and federal governments. And from a design perspective that meant a need for speed and capacity."

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Published on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 in Sightline Daily
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