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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Traffic operations guidance updated

Austroads has published the third edition of the Guide to Traffic Management Part 9: Traffic Operations. The Guide provides practitioners with guidance on the day-to-day operations supporting the provision of services to road network users. These activities include the operation of traffic signal systems, congestion management, freeway/motorway management systems, incident management and traveller information…
Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Realising a 100-year bridge design life

Austroads has published the results of a four year project investigating durability issues that affect the service life of reinforced concrete bridges located on the coast or in saline soils. Reinforced concrete bridges in these aggressive environments are designed for a 100-year service life, but they start to deteriorate after…
Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Planning for future road users' needs

Austroads has published the results of a project to identify the asset management needs and level of service (LOS) requirements of future non-freight road users. Levels of service for asset management generally refers to the condition of roadways and roadside assets; a letter is often assigned to grade the LOS…
The National Transport Commission (NTC) today released a discussion paper, National guidelines for automated vehicle trials, calling for input into the key elements needed to support automated vehicle trials. Acting Chief Executive of the NTC Geoff Allan said on-road trials are an important step in ensuring that any automated system operates safely…
Adelaide based digital media producer Monkeystack has been engaged by Austroads to produce a library of car and motorcycle hazard perception test (HPT) videos which aim to reduce the crash risk of novice drivers and riders. The clips, which will be produced using computer generated imagery (CGI), are in the…
Austroads has published a proposed process for assessing road bridge capacity for High Productivity Freight Vehicle (HPFV) access to the road network. A HPFV is a truck-and-trailer combination that provides the ability to shift more freight more efficiently, and satisfies the Performance Based Standards (PBS) safety and infrastructure standards. HPFVs…
Austroads has published the first version of the Data Standard for Road Maintenance and Investment. The Standard has been developed in response to a need to harmonise data sets that support common road management and investment activities. The Standard establishes a common understanding of the meaning of data collected by…
Austroads has published the results of a study designed to quantify the immediate and longer-term maintenance impact of grader blading and surface re-sheeting on unsealed roads. The project assembled and analysed roughness data collected by Cassowary Coast Regional Council in Queensland, Blayney Shire Council in New South Wales and Moorabool…
Thursday, 03 November 2016

New Geopolymer Concrete Guidance

Austroads has published a new guideline to help familiarise road engineers with geopolymer binders and concretes, highlighting their similarities and differences with concrete made with Portland cement. Geopolymer describes a wide range of synthetic aluminosilicate materials that have the potential to replace Portland cement in the production of structural and…
With the combined effects of an ageing population and increasing travel demand and activity levels, it is important to understand the key issues relating to the safety of older road users. Austroads has published a report identifying trends in crashes involving road users aged over 75. The project incorporated: a…

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