For example, before the Interstates these roads were the main arteries or as we expressed it “the way-to-go-to-town” . . . a genuine, U.S. federally funded and maintained four-lane, media-divided (sometimes landscaped) super-highway. But the well-maintained older, federal highway system is fast becoming a public nuisance and dangerous.
In recognition of the immediate need to preserve the scenic landscape -- forests, natural cliffs and flowing streams -- along side these older highways that are being devoured more and more each day that passes. . . swallowed up in some kind of “scorched-earth” approach to developments, where topsoil and trees and undergrowth are bulldozed away w/o regard to the destruction of the natural scene.
Therefore, for the public good, health and safety concerns, we recommend that the U. S. federal highway should serve as a “transportation corridor” foremost and that private investment in development alongside these federal highways should be fairly compensated through eminent domain law so that the continuing commercial wall can be soft-scape buffered from the view of passing motorists similar to the way US Interstate System is today. Private property owners could ingress and egress from services roads parallel to the highway. Doing so would necessitate the following:
1. Purchase a 500 ft right-of-way from the middle of the US federal highway median on each side in order to limit direct access from the myriad death-traps that now front it;
2. Conduct a pilot road project designed to place unsightly, electrical infrastructure either underground or behind this 500ft buffer as the service roads are being constructed; and a service road parallel to those US federal highways participating;
3. Offer access at existing intersections from the federal hwy to the residential & commercial outlets and along the newly built infrastructure-service road corridor; and
4. Promotes the original intention of and intended value of overcoming time/distance constraints from working in the city core while living in a surrounding region.