Skycast X

Functional Class Systems

Roadway Functional Classification System

RESOURCES

Metropolitan Region Roadway Functional Classification Map
(ArcGIS)

MARC Functional Classification Process
(pdf)

FHWA Functional Classification Guidelines

SUBMIT CHANGES

Online application ››
Download application ››

Send application to:
Jim Hubbell
Mid-America Regional Council
600 Broadway, Ste 200
Kansas City, MO 64105
Fax: 816/421-7758

Functional classification is the process by which the nation's network of streets and highways are ranked according to the type of service they provide. It determines how travel is "channelized" within the roadway network by defining the part that any road or street should play in serving the flow of trips through a highway network.

Functional classification is used in transportation planning, in roadway design and for the allocation of federal roadway improvement funds. It was introduced by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in the late 1960s, which developed guidelines for local governments and planning organizations to use in maintaining the functional classification system in their own jurisdictions.

As the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Kansas City region, it is MARC's job to develop and maintain the Functional Classification System of roadways within its planning boundaries through coordination with local cities, counties and the states' Departments of Transportation.

For a more complete understanding of the Highway Functional Classification System and guidelines, visit the links on FHWA Functional Classification Guidelines, Criteria and Procedures and MARC's guidelines under "Related Documents" at right.




View larger map

 

Proposing roadway classification changes

In order to be eligible for Federal (STP) funding, a roadway must be classified as a collector or higher level of mobility. MARC accepts and reviews applications on proposed changes to a roadway's classification twice a year. Please refer to the schedule below for deadlines.

The approval process required for any change in functional classification involves a considerable amount of time and coordination across various levels of government.

SCHEDULE
Approval Process for Functional Class Changes in Kansas City Urbanized Area

January

Call for Changes: Request form distributed following formal announcement during regularly scheduled Total Transportation Policy Committee (TTPC) meeting.

April 1

Deadline for submittal of requests to MARC.

May

MARC staff recommendations go to the Highway Committee for approval (committee approval will allow recommended changes to go before TTPC the following month).

June

Changes approved by the Highway Committee recommended to TTPC for approval; Recommendations brought to Board for approval; Board-approved changes submitted for approval to state DOT/FHWA.

August

2nd Call for Changes: Request form distributed following formal announcement during regularly scheduled TTPC meeting

September 15

Deadline for submittal of requests (to MARC).

October

MARC staff recommendations go to the Highway Committee for approval (committee approval will allow recommended changes to go before TTPC the following month).

November

Changes approved by the Highway Committee recommended to TTPC for approval; Recommendations brought to Board for approval; Board-approved changes submitted for approval to state DOT/FHWA.