Investigation of the Impacts of Rural Development on Iowa's Secondary Road Systems

Project status

Completed

Start date: 05/05/05
End date: 10/10/10

Researcher(s)

Principal investigator:

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About the research

Today, many of Iowa’s counties are experiencing an increase in rural development. Two specific types of development were focused on for this research: rural residential subdivisions and livestock production operations. Rural residential developments are primarily year-round single-family homes, though some are vacation homes. Livestock production in Iowa includes hog, beef, and poultry facilities. These two types of rural development, while obviously very different in nature and incompatible with each other, share one important characteristic: They each generate substantial amounts of new traffic for Iowa’s extensive secondary road system.

This research brings together economic, spatial, and legal analysis methods to address the impacts of rural development on the secondary road system and provide county engineers, county supervisors, and state legislators with guidance in addressing the challenges associated with this development.

Publications

Report: Investigation of the Impacts of Rural Development on Iowas Secondary Road Systems (2.77 mb pdf) September 2010

Tech transfer summary: Investigation of the Impacts of Rural Development on Iowas Secondary Road Systems (402.54 kb pdf) Sep 2010

Sponsor(s)/partner(s)

Sponsor(s):

  • Iowa Department of Transportation
  • Iowa Highway Research Board
A secondary road in Iowa