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Running on emptyTransport, social exclusion and environmental justice.$
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Karen Lucas

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9781861345707

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861345707.001.0001

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Community impact assessment for US17

Community impact assessment for US17

(p.197) Eleven Community impact assessment for US17
Running on empty

Anne Morris

Policy Press

This chapter presents a community-impact assessment (CIA) that was initiated in response to road-widening proposals for route US17, one of the oldest highways in the US. The assessment method was modelled on Federal Highways Administration guidance and involved nine minority ethnic and low-income communities that would be impacted upon by the proposals. The removal of local personal-support services, the separation of family members, and the changing of traffic patterns will all have an impact on the community that cannot be gauged by simply looking at a map, measuring acreage, and counting structures to be taken. None of these things provide insight into its human foundation. These can only be understood by getting to know those who live and work in a community.

Keywords:   community-impact assessment, road-widening proposals, route US17, Federal Highways Administration

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