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Rural Interstate Corridor Communications Study
Report to States

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1. Report No.

FHWA-HOP-09-021

2. Government Accession No.

3. Recipient’s Catalog No.

4. Title and Subtitle

Rural Interstate Corridor Communications Study - Report to States Final Report

5. Report Date

February 2009

6. Performing Organization Code

7. Author(s)

Erin Flanigan, Mark Howard, Matt Volz (Telvent)

8. Performing Organization Report No.

9. Performing Organization Name and Address

Cambridge Systematics, Inc.
4800 Hampden Lane, Suite 800
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

10. Work Unit No.

11. Contract or Grant No.

DTFH61-06-D-00004

12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

Federal Highway Administration
Office of Operations
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590

13. Type of Report and Period Covered

Final Report
August 2007-February 2009

14. Sponsoring Agency Code

 

15. Supplementary Notes

Contract Officers Task Order Manager (COTM) Mr. James Pol

16. Abstract

Section 5507 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Act:  A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) directed the Secretary of Transportation, in cooperation with the Secretary of Commerce, State departments of transportation, and other appropriate State, regional, and local officials, to assess the feasibility of installing fiber optic cabling and wireless communication infrastructure along multistate Interstate System route corridors for improved communications services to rural communities along such corridors. 

This document is the second of two reports that explore the potential for the use of rural Interstate Highway corridor rights-of-way for the deployment of fiber optic cable and/or wireless communication infrastructure, across multiple States linked by the Interstate Highway system.  The first document, the Rural Interstate Corridor Communications Study: Report to Congress, was submitted to Congress on August 18, 2008.  This document, the Report to States, provides a summary of study resources available to the Corridor States to begin the process for possible deployment of high-speed telecommunications (HST) in the corridors in question.

As part of the task to develop the Report to States, a preliminary backbone alignment plan for telecommunications has been developed.  The report, a White Paper on the Preliminary Backbone Alignment, is included as an appendix to this Report to States.  This preliminary backbone alignment report presents information related to the development of preliminary telecommunication infrastructure, alignments, and other supporting material developed by the study team to be utilized by the corridor States in the future.  It addresses issues of constructability, scheduling and maintenance, environmental considerations, and utility accommodation policies.

 

17. Key Words

Rural transportation systems, preliminary backbone alignment, high-speed telecommunications, broadband, fiber optic cabling, wireless, public-private partnership, corridor, utility accommodation

18. Distribution Statement

No restrictions.

19. Security Classif. (of this report)

Unclassified

20. Security Classif.
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Unclassified

21. No of Pages

140

22. Price

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Metric Conversion Factors
(International System of Units)

APPROXIMATE CONVERSIONS TO SI UNITS
SYMBOL WHEN YOU KNOW MULTIPLY BY TO FIND SYMBOL

LENGTH

in

inches 25.4 millimeters mm

ft

feet 0.305 meters m

yd

yards 0.914 meters m

mi

miles 1.61 kilometers km

AREA

in2

square inches 645.2 square millimeters mm2

ft2

square feet 0.093 square meters m2

yd2

square yard 0.836 square meters m2

ac

acres 0.405 hectares ha

mi2

square miles 2.59 square kilometers km2

VOLUME

fl oz

fluid ounces 29.57 milliliters mL

gal

gallons 3.785 liters L

ft3

cubic feet 0.028 cubic meters m3

yd3

cubic yards 0.765 cubic meters m3

NOTE: volumes greater than 1000 L shall be shown in m3

MASS

oz

ounces 28.35 grams g

lb

pounds 0.454 kilograms kg

T

short tons (2000 lb) 0.907 megagrams (or "metric ton") Mg (or "t")
TEMPERATURE (exact degrees)

oF

Fahrenheit

5 (F-32)/9
or (F-32)/1.8

Celsius oC

ILLUMINATION

fc

foot-candles 10.76 lux lx

fl

foot-Lamberts 3.426 candela/m2 cd/m2

FORCE and PRESSURE or STRESS

lbf

poundforce   4.45   newtons N

lbf/in2

poundforce per square inch 6.89 kilopascals kPa

APPROXIMATE CONVERSIONS FROM SI UNITS
SYMBOL WHEN YOU KNOW MULTIPLY BY TO FIND SYMBOL

LENGTH

mm

millimeters

0.039

inches in

m

meters

3.28

feet ft

m

meters

1.09

yards yd

km

kilometers

0.621

miles mi

AREA

mm2

square millimeters

0.0016

square inches in2

m2

square meters

10.764

square feet ft2

m2

square meters

1.195

square yards yd2

ha

hectares

2.47

acres ac

km2

square kilometers

0.386

square miles mi2

VOLUME

mL

milliliters

0.034

fluid ounces fl oz

L

liters

0.264

gallons gal

m3

cubic meters

35.314

cubic feet ft3

m3

cubic meters

1.307

cubic yards yd3

MASS

g

grams

0.035

ounces oz

kg

kilograms

2.202

pounds lb

Mg (or "t")

megagrams (or "metric ton")

1.103

short tons (2000 lb) T

TEMPERATURE (exact degrees)

oC

Celsius 1.8C+32 Fahrenheit oF

ILLUMINATION

lx

lux

0.0929

foot-candles fc

cd/m2

candela/m2

0.2919

foot-Lamberts fl

FORCE and PRESSURE or STRESS

N

newtons 0.225 poundforce lbf

kPa

kilopascals

0.145

poundforce per square inch lbf/in2
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