I have three shapefiles: a) polyline with rivers and streams (also as polygon available to me), b) polylines of highways and roads and c) point file with locations in the riparian vegetation. I want to calculate the distance of each point to the nearest road or highway, on the same side of the river.
This means, that the tool "NEAR" in ArcGIS is not appropriate as it calculates the distance to the nearest road regardless of the side. What I am looking for is to incorporate a barrier, or anything similar in its outcome, that only the distances from the locations to the roads on the same side of the rivers are calculated.
What would you suggest?
I am using ArcMap 10.0.