Principles of Highway Engineering and Traffic Analysis
Principles of Highway Engineering and Traffic Analysis Book By Fred L. Mannering, Scott S. Washburn
Highways have played a key role in the development and sustainability of human
civilization from ancient times to the present. Today, in the U.S. and throughout the
world, highways continue to dominate the transportation system — providing critical
access for the acquisition of natural resources, industrial production, retail marketing
and population mobility. The influence of highway transportation on the economic,
social and political fabric of nations is far-reaching and, as a consequence, highways
have been studied for decades as a cultural, political, and economic phenomenon.
While industrial needs and economic forces have clearly played an important part in
shaping highway networks, societies’ fundamental desire for access to activities and
affordable land has generated significant highway demand, which has helped define
and shape highway networks.