A Historical Context and Methodology for Evaluating Trails, Roads, and Highways in California

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Publication: The California Department of Transportation

Author: Dana Supernowicz

Date of Publication: 2016

PDF File: A-Historical-Context-and-Methodology-for-Evaluatin.pdf

URL: https://dot.ca.gov/-/media/dot-media/programs/environmental-analysis/documents/ser/caltrans-highways-a11y.pdf


This historic context study and evaluation methodology examines trails, roads, and highways in California that evolved from prehistoric times through the early 1970s. The 1970s generally marked the end of modern highway development in California and the beginning of a sustained period of postmodern highway improvement. The intent of this study is not to provide an exhaustive account of every trail, road, and highway in California, but rather to inform the reader about the causal effects of trail, road, and highway development or construction in the state, with respect to culture, engineering, economics, and politics. Chapters 8 and 9, in concert with the historic context found in Chapters 4–7, lay out a methodological approach for determining the significance of transportation properties. Appendixes A and B provide a list of acronyms and abbreviations and a glossary, respectively. Additional materials related to this topic may be found online at http://www.dot.ca.gov/ser/guidance.htm#trails.