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ROAD INVENTORY: AN

IMPORTANT ASPECT OF
TRAFFIC ENGEERING
Imagine this scenario
This happens to a municipal officer at some point:
Someone walks in to the town hall and demands to
know why the town hasn't fixed the road where they
have built a new home, and if it isn't fixed soon, their
lawyer will sue the town. This situation causes
aggravation and confusion in the town office, since no
one is sure how to quickly determine the town's legal
rights and responsibilities with respect to a particular
road or street. The municipal officers are called on to
determine the status of the road, and they need the
answer as soon as possible.
Solution
One way to deal with this situation is to develop and
maintain a "road inventory," which is a book (or
computer disc) containing information needed to
answer legal questions about roads. A road inventory
can also be kept for physical maintenance purposes
(which roads need what repair), but that is not the
subject of this article.
Why have a road inventory?
goal of the inventory is to help answer legal questions, so the
inventory should contain at least the following basic
information: name of road, its status (as either a town way,
public easement, or privately-owned road), its width including
the right of way, approximate length, and a designation of
whether it was ever abandoned or discontinued
an inventory can contain as much information as is considered
useful. For example, it could identify buildings, driveways and
culverts along a particular road, it could state whether a road
is posted or closed in the winter, or it could indicate whether
the town owns the road in fee simple or by easement only
Three Main Areas in which a Road
Inventory Prove Useful
As a source of information for assisting and educating
the public.
An inventory helps municipal officials plan for the
future.
To provide information relating to the town's legal
liability
The content of road inventory varies depending on
the need but it should contain as much information
as possible.
ROAD INVENTORY is now modern:
Attributions/information of each road can now
can be stored in GIS.
Conduct of the road inventory can now be done
with modern instruments.
ACTIVITY
Conduct a road inventory of the entire Intramuros. Determine only
the attribute/information per street
Collect the following data for each street:
-Identify the classification of road (whether it is a national
(primary or secondary) or only a local road or access road)
-road width (total width of carriageway, width of shoulder,
width of sidewalk if any)
-number of lanes (include also the width per lane)
-traffic flow (one-way/two-way)
-road signs
-speed limits (if any)
-road users
Road Users as a Part of the
Inventory
Other than the information about road itself, one aspect being
looked into in the conduct of an inventory are the road users. So
determine also the following for each zone:
Population by age group
Number of Residents (Nighttime Population)
Total daytime population
Number of Workers by Type (Private/Government)
Number of Students by Level (Primary, Secondary,
Tertiary)
Number of Tourists