Legal Problems Arising out of Highway Programs

A major and continuing need of state highway and transportation departments involves assembling, analyzing, and evaluating operating practices, administrative procedures, and legal issues associated with highway and transportation projects. Individual state legal experiences need to be compared and made available for possible wider application. Research to identify and evaluate legal options facilitates the handling of both immediate and long-range needs of engineering, planning, and administrative aspects of transportation programs. NCHRP Project 20-06 was established in 1968 to meet these needs. It is a continuing project under the direction of the TRB staff Counsel for Legal Research. Numerous legal and right of way problems affecting the operations and the services and facilities provided by state transportation agencies have been researched since the beginning of the project. Results are made available to state transportation departments and other public and private agencies through publication of Legal Research Digests and Selected Studies in Transportation Law (SSTL). SSTL is jointly sponsored with TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program and is comprised of the following volumes: Volume 1 Construction Contract Law (NCHRP); Volume 2 Eminent Domain (NCHRP); Volume 3 Environmental Law and Transportation (NCHRP); Volume 4 Tort Liability (NCHRP); Volume 5 Transit Law (TCRP); Volume 6 Transit Labor 13(c) Decisions (TCRP); Volume 7 Transit Charter Bus Service: Decisions and Documents (TCRP); and Volume 8 Transportation Law and Governmental Relations (NCHRP).


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $Continuing
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-06

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Chisholm-Smith, Gwen

  • Performing Organizations:

    Transportation Research Board

    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001


  • Principal Investigators:

    McDaniel, James

  • Start Date: 19681101
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 38016

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01546285
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-06
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Dec 3 2014 1:00AM