Fall 2012 Seminars

Abhinav Alakshendra, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Urban & Regional Planning, University of Florida

Title: The Economics of Potential Reduction of Rural Road Systems in Kansas

Abstract: Kansas has the third largest public highway miles and one of the highest miles per person in the country. Due to declining rural population, counties lack the required tax base and fiscal health to support their large ailing rural road infrastructure. The average farm size is increasing and so is the size of vehicles using the rural roads. This paper suggests removing some rural low volume roads from the county road network as one option. I study three Kansas counties to analyze the cost-benefit of reducing low volume road miles. I find that rural counties will be able to save money by closing some low volume roads.