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Regional Development Impacts of the Construction of an Expressway on Neighboring Regions Using the Control Group: The Case of Daejeon-Tongyoung Expressway

Choi Junsub 1 Jeong, Da-Woon 1 Kim, Heungsoon 1

1한양대학교

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ABSTRACT

Transportational facilities such as the expressway improves accessibility, which in turn greatly influences the areas which lag behind in terms of social, economical, and cultural development. In Korea, there was concentrated investment on procuring and improving roads for the development of regional cities. The Daejon-Tongyoung expressway opened in November 2001 was also developed for the development of Western Gyeongnam area, where accessibility and development relatively lags behind. There were no oppositions that these improvement in accessibility contributed greatly to regional development. However, the investments in new transportational facilities in recent years have improved the regional accessibility, and there are critics who point out that the so-called "Straw Effect" sucks all the capital which once stayed in the boundaries to the center of the cities, causing negative effects. Likewise, the ripple effect after the construction of expressways show mixed results, but there are still a lack of empirical studies on its ripple effects. This study analyzed how the expressway affected the surrounding ares, focused on areas around Daejon-Tongyoung expressway. In conclusion, no consistency is found in the effects of the highway as there is slightly different effectiveness according to the characteristics of respective regions. That is, although the new highway offers the accessibility between the areas, some negative effects are given to some regions. By offering practical data for the policy decision, the result of this study is expected to contribute to the development of provincial cities.

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