Selection of a Location Method for Highway Data Systems

Report No: 72-R35

Published in 1973

About the report:

The Virginia Department of Highways has many data systems, and among them highway locations are referenced in various ways. While each of the several present systems is useful for its primary intended purpose, the ability to automatically relate the systems through the use of a common locator method would yield much greater benefits. In fact, the full utilization of some systems now being developed will be dependent upon the ready retrieval of data from the present data files. The purpose of this report is to outline a proposed locator system to be used in the development of new data systems, and which can also be applied to present data systems in order to make them compatible. After considering various alternatives, a paper milepost method was selected as being the most appropriate locator method to use, except for recording accident locations in cities, where a locator system utilizing intersection identification numbers is felt to be the most feasible.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


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Stephen N. Runkle

Last updated: February 8, 2024

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