US Highway 550 HIA 

Location Cuba New Mexico
Organization University of New Mexico Prevention Research Center

This HIA looked at a Department of Transportation proposal to redesign a five-lane, federal highway that runs through the small town of Cuba, New Mexico. This rapid HIA, initiated by a community advocacy group, looked at the potential impacts of proposed highway improvements, such as better lighting and sidewalks, on community health, walkability, pedestrian safety, social cohesion/community connectedness and economic development for downtown business. Ultimately, the HIA predicted that proposed improvements might encourage more walking in the downtown area, decrease the frequency and severity of pedestrian injuries, improve the overall atmosphere of downtown and potentially bolster the local economy. The HIA recommended that traffic calming measures, such as speed feedback signs, median islands and signage to designate the entrance into town and deceased speed limits, be included in the improvement plans to maximize potential community health benefits.

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Decision makers at all levels are using the fast-growing field of HIA to take health into account when making decisions in a broad range of sectors, including agriculture, education, energy and budgeting, in all types of locations--rural, suburban, and urban, local, regional or statewide. Learn more about the information sources that were used to develop this page.

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  • Status Complete
  • Completion Date 2010
  • Decision-Level Local
  • Sector Transportation
  • Organization Type Educational Institution