Box 21, Folder 45, Document 6

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SU I TE 1130
ATLANTA
COMMERCE B U I L DIN G
ATLANTA, GEORG I A 3 0 303
TRAFFIC AND SAFETY COUNCIL
688 · 3411
A Citiz e n s ' Organi z ation D evo te d to Traffic I mp ro vement and Accid en t Pre ve n tion
August 10, 1967
The Honorable Ivan Allen, Jr .
Mayor
City of Atlanta
City Hall
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Dear Iva n:
During a recent visit in Washington, D. C., I talked with officials in the .
U. S. Bureau of Public Roads about a program which could mean a substantial number of dollars for traffic engineering in Atlanta . In a nutshell, money is available from the federal government to match a sub stantial portion of the funds we are presently spending for improving traffic flow on our major streets and downtown streets . This is a different
program from the highway safety progra m I m entioned in a n earlie r letter.
The rub i s that this fe de ral money must come from funds which a r e a llocated to the State as the federa l government's share of construction of
the federal aid primary system . Thus, this money is ava ilable if the
State of Ge orgia will p e rmit it to be made ava ilable to Atla nta rathe r the n
u sed el sewhere in the Stat e for construction .
Our Council would like t o make a m a jor pus h to see this done, p rovided
that the City a lso i s incline d to follow throu gh on the progr a m .
The progr a m involved i s knows as "TOPICS " (Tra ffic Operations Program.
fo r Increasing Capa city a nd Safety) . According to the p ersons with whom
I spoke, t he Bureau of Public Roa ds i s s hifting n10 re to urban -oriented probl e m s. T his program is a n a dministrative step rathe r t ha n a l egislative step
as the r e has been no law passe d r eally authorizing this.
To qu a lify under th e exi sting regulations, th e c ity m u st designate its maj or
streets and its m ain busin ess s t reets as part of t h e federal a id pri mary
system. T h en these streets become eligibl e for fe deral funds to improve
t h e operation of tra ffic on the streets.
GEORGE GOODWIN, PRES I DENT
B ILL C. WAIN WR I GHT , MR S. LUC I LLE S. HU FFMAN, VIC E
C. A. MC N A I R , TREAS UR ER
EDMU N D W. HUGHES. MANA G I NG D IR ECTOR
PRES I DENTS
�The Honorable Ivan Allen, Jr.
August 10, 1967
Page Two
No major construction is permitted under the program unless a particular
location can be designated as a key bottleneck or high accident location, the
remedy for which would involve a grade separation, widening or similar
construction. In this case construction could qualify.
One of the requirements to receive the se funds is that the various tra ffic im prove m e nt projects must be part of an area -wide pla n . This plan would out line proposed traffic improvements within the area over a long period and
approximately when the various portions of the plan would be accomplished.
Most cities are having consulting firms do their plans. The consultant fe e
for such a plan is also eligible for the m atching federal funds.
I am informe d that progra ms of this type a r e now unde r way and r e ceiving
matching fede ral money in Memphis, T ennessee, Huntsville, Alabama and
one is about to begin in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The fede r a l officials a r e aware that while s ome state s a r e eage r to join in
the p r ogram, s ome rurally-oriente d stat es a r e hesitant to get s tart ed s ince
it m eans giving up funding which c ould be u sed to build something el se . T he
a ttitude of those with whom I spoke was one of being eager to s ee a city such
a s Atla nta r eque st and r ec ei ve this funding and they will do all they can at
their end. The key , howeve r , is in having the Sta t e approve alloca t ing som e
of the federal aid p r ima ry syst em funds for u se in Atla nta .
T he pu r pose of this l ette r i s to det er mine whethe r the City will be willing
to pursue this matte r a nd s eek to have the State m a ke this fe de ral m oney
a vaila ble . If so, we will be happy to l end t he Council ' s aid t o t his end .
Sincerely ,
Edmu nd W . Hughe s
Ma naging Director
EWH/ sp

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