Sargent - highway planning new thought needed
I Out Nature! ftttturces Highway Planning Needs New Thought Eater's eeie: TUs is aa-etter aa-etter aa-etter in a aeries ef artkles ea tazatfea ef Versaeas's aata-ral aata-ral aata-ral unarm by Freaerie O. eragstt Ueliei sity T Venneet By FREDERIC 0. SARGENT w need a food arterial highway system in Vermont but we need more. Kegionai niaiwinff - concents must be added to highway planning. If we continue to pian nignwsyi on the basis of projected traffic counts atone we will turn the state into a lWane highway nmning from New York to Montreal. Mountain scenery is one of oca principal r e a o o rces. We can't afford to build roads Sargent as if mountains were obstacles to be cut through, overcome, or passed by as quickly as possible. . Vermont now follows a policy of appropriating state funds to match all available federal highway building allocations. This oolicv will lead to buuauuT more federal highways where the traffic is now not necessarily where people may want to go in tin future. Under this policy we will not build highways particularly suitea to Vermont, such as scenic back roads and overlooks and scenic spurs. If we build highways just to receive federal subsidies we will build unwanted beltlines and ''scenic" highways which may destroy the scenery in which they are located. The UJS. Department of Commerce has just released a thick report entitled "A Proposed Program for Scenic Roads and Parkways." Tide report shows on page 242, not one but three scenie parkways proposed for the state of Vermont. One runs the length of the Green Mountains and criss-crosses criss-crosses criss-crosses the Long Trail Another runs to the west of the Green Mountains up to Rutland, and then to the east of the Green Mountains crossing over to connect te a scenic highway crossing New Hampshire into Maine. A third line runs from route U.S. 4 up the eastern side of the Green Mountains. These are interesting if not original proposals. Let's build them if the people of Vermont want them. Lefs not build them if the voters indicate in a referendum that they prefer scenic byways to a c e n i c highways. A recently released report for the Vermont Highway Depart ment calls for the expenditure of 1 1.1 billion in federal - state highway funds by 1985. This is proposed to be spent on the basis of traffic counts and projections of traffic volumes. Such projections tend to make Vermont into a highway bridge a pass-through pass-through pass-through state between Boston, New York, and Montreal There Is no need for the State of Vermont to become a bridge. By careful, Imaginative planning we can instead maintain the "beckoning" qualities of the state. To safeguard i any semblance of rural Vermont, we will have to add several new multiple - use highway planning principles to our present excellent engineering planning principles. First, we must complete surveys of natural areas which should be preserved before we build highways which may obliterate them. Second, we should study pedestrian traffic as well as vehicular traffic, and then plan interstate approaches to avoid campuses rather tnan c u t through them as at Burlington and as planned at Hanover. Third, we should inaugurate a policy of making a survey of public opinion on major proposals and act accordingly. Fourth, we should consider a proposal suggested by a leading ecotoclst. He suzests that tne U.S. Government should finance construction of a highway from the megalopolises to the north and south will gradually expand and highways should be designed to - encourage that expansion. It is not agreed by all students of urban growth that they will continue to grow out they may grow up instead. Furthermore, it is not at all certain that highway construction should be designed to encourage their lateral expansion. We should plan for Vermont something in addition to a superior highway network. It should lead to, around, and through a quality environment, i To achieve this goal, perhaps we should - declare a moratorium on additional super and super - scenie highway planning until we catch up in quality environment planning. Montreal to the Yukon. He claims this would take the pressures of the heavy con stroctiOB firm lobbyist off our legislatures and permit some plarmittg for the quality aspects of our environment. Although he was facetious, he did nuke a point Finn, we must critically examine tne assumption that There are more than 14,000 parts in the average American automobile. . 1 jjjj II IN FINI TASTE f.'Ef.'OHIAL DAY 14" VREATIIS 30 OUR SPECIAL LOW ANNIVERSARY PRICE Selection of quality pina wreaths with assorted floral arrangements.