Would "smoothing" include eliminating the "holes" in doughnuts?? In
where sprawl is rampant, we have several instances where either
1) the urban area extends as narrow strips along several highway
corridors and completely encloses a rural area;
2) two urban areas are separated by a very narrow strip of less than
a mile (Greenville and the new "Mauldin-Simpsonville" UA);
3) urban areas or urban clusters are separated by a narrow gap (<1
mi.) in a major highway corridor.
If the "smoothing" doesn't address all of these, we'll wind up with
functional classifications that bounce repeatedly between urban and rural
over a relatively short distance.
SCDOT Office of Planning
From: Gorman, Robert <FHWA> [mailto:Robert.Gorman@fhwa.dot.gov]
Sent: Thursday, May 16, 2002 2:05 PM
To: ctpp-news(a)chrispy.net; millef1(a)mail.modot.state.mo.us
Subject: Re: [CTPP] UZA's, UC's and Functional Classification
Our office has not developed a timetable for completing the functional
reclassification. But now that the maps are available states should
begin working on it.
We do not intend to modify the Census boundaries. However, states and
locals could propose smoothing the boundaries (provided that it includes
everything that Census has included).
We also provided some flexibility in our Addendum to the Functional
Classification Manual to allow states to make the urban rural changes at
the nearest logical point (road intersection) rather than between
>> millef1(a)mail.modot.state.mo.us 05/14/02
Now that we have new urbanized boundaries, does FHWA have a timetable
updating functional classification of roadways? Beyond the shift of the
arterials between urban and rural, we have rural minor collectors that
to be reclassified as an urban collector (and urban collector could
easily be a
rural major collector).
Will FHWA modify the census definition of urban for functional
I haven't seen a map or our areas yet, but I'm guessing there will be
with the urban-rural boundary split down the middle of the road. There
areas with a very urban character that will likely be designated rural
there is no population density.
Missouri Department of Transportation - District 8