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Saturday, 30 May 2015

Improving Rural Road Safety

Road design geometry is a key aspect in the design of safer roads. Analysis of crash data shows that almost 60% of fatal crashes occur on rural roads in Australia, while in New Zealand, the proportion is markedly higher at about 70%. In-depth crash studies have also shown that the…
The co-location of signs on a road network allow road agencies to provide a number of critical messages over a short time or distance and fully use existing or proposed gantries. But how much information is too much for road users to absorb and act? Austroads' latest report reviews current…
The accurate prediction of pavement performance is a key to the efficient management of road infrastructure. By reducing errors in predictions of road deterioration, agencies can obtain significant savings through timely intervention and accurate planning. The deterministic approaches to predicting road deterioration (RD) currently widely used by asset managers can…
Tuesday, 05 May 2015

Austroads Board Communiqué

The Austroads Board met on 25 and 26 March 2015 in Canberra for a strategic planning workshop and regular Board meeting. While it is recognised that Austroads is well respected and provides good value, the workshop identified a need to re-invigorate and re-shape the organisation to ensure it continued to…
The Guide to Traffic Management has 13 parts and provides comprehensive coverage of traffic management guidance for practitioners involved in traffic engineering, road design and road safety. Part 1: Introduction to Traffic Management provides an introduction to the discipline of traffic management and an overview of the structure and content…
Austroads has released the results of a four year project designed to: update the design criteria for intersections to allow appropriate opportunities for heavy vehicle entry and to investigate gap acceptance behaviour of heavy vehicle drivers; and identify improvements in the current road design standards that will more safely accommodate…
Traffic loadings on Australia’s extensive sprayed seal network have increased, particularly with freight efficiency resulting in longer and heavier loads being transported by prime movers. Austroads has released a report that details the development of a model to describe how different axle loads and axle groupings combine to cause surface…
Wednesday, 01 April 2015

Improving Floodway Safety

Despite public campaigns warning drivers about the risk of crossing a flooded floodway, fatalities continue to occur. Austroads has released research that indicates that the vast majority of designated floodways are not to the required design and hydraulic standards, have inappropriate signage, and depth gauges can provide misleading information. This…
Austroads has released a report that examines the effectiveness of national and international programs that treat and rehabilitate drivers with alcohol dependence and the criteria used to approve the removal of interlocks. The project recommends a stepped care model which requires all participants to attend education and screening and then…
Monday, 30 March 2015

Improving Freight Productivity

Austroads has finalised a review identifying potential issues that are limiting the uptake of the Performance Based Standards (PBS) Level 3 and 4 vehicles. The review recommends retaining the existing national PBS framework and all performance standards, but argues that for some measures a re-calibration of test conditions and/or performance …
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