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Transportation infrastructure in Indian territory is failing – can’t sustain urbanization or growth



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Transportation infrastructure in Indian territory is failing – can’t sustain urbanization or growth

Jojola 07 Professor in the Community & Regional Planning Program at the University of New Mexico (Ted, “PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT”, May, National Congress of American Indians, http://www.ncai.org/attachments/PolicyPaper_OAYcOPFdNTxazqxAOZGImEXOHFGoAnZlOepYZcUnSqRGgoWUTLp_Jojola%20and%20Gover%20FINAL%20FORMATTED%205.8.07.pdf SW)
Transportation infrastructure continues to be problematic. Funds for road improvement are chronically under-funded by the federal government. This has led to third-world type interventions by non-profit organizations.58 Yet as tribal communities continue to grow, they will be faced with urbanization. Many reservation areas that were once rural and isolated are now bisected by interstate highways that pass-through and bypass their townships. Major intersections provide motorists access to one-stop services and recreation (e.g., gaming). Feeder roadways link tribal housing HUD-type clustered subdivisions and government operations. Building construction along main thoroughfares tends to favor a point-to-point linear style development. There is still little or no consideration for the separation of pedestrians, autos and farm equipment. This lack of differentiation gives a semblance of congestion even through the local population itself may not be large.





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