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Austroads has released updated guidelines designed to balance the management of traffic in activity centres. An activity centre is an urban planning term for the vibrant hubs where people shop, work, meet, relax and often live. The essential feature of activity centres is the concentration of people-activity. Activity centres play…
Austroads has published the fourth edition of the Bituminous Materials Safety Guide which describes safe working practices and disposal of waste materials when handling hot bituminous products in sprayed sealing, asphalt and bituminous stabilisation operations. This Guide provides basic material to assist with the training of inexperienced users and a…
Austroads has published the results of a literature review examining the effectiveness of different components of graduated driver licensing. Components examined included: minimum learner age, minimum learner period, minimum learner supervised driving hours, supervisory driver requirements, formal education requirements, licence tests, minimum provisional age, minimum provisional period, night driving restriction,…
Austroads has released an online tool to help Australian and New Zealand practitioners select the most appropriate type of pedestrian crossing based on walkability, safety and economic outcomes. The online tool assesses the viability of different types of pedestrian crossing facilities according to the physical and operational parameters of a…
Australia has about 484,000 kilometres of unsealed roads which are commonly maintained with grading and compaction. Despite the importance of unsealed roads to local communities and the economy, we lack reliable models which help predict the impact of maintenance activities on these roads. In 2012 Austroads and the Institute of…
Austroads has released a summary of the long term pavement performance (LTPP) monitoring project activities undertaken in 2013–14. Austroads project AT1064 Long-Term Performance Monitoring to Develop Consistent Performance Models has monitored a range of in-service pavement sites since 1995. In 1999 additional sites, known as the long-term pavement performance maintenance …
The National Road Safety Strategy has clearly indicated a desire to shift from a human capital to a willingness to pay (WTP) approach as the basis for estimating the social cost of crashes applied to cost-benefit analysis of road projects in Australia. Austroads research indicates that a national WTP study…
A review of the Australian National Road Safety Strategy (NRSS) has identified 13 priority areas including developing a Safe System for vulnerable road users, improving safety for older road users and better understanding serious injuries. The review was designed to identify new countermeasures or changes in trauma patterns that would…
The re-use of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) material in the production of new hot mix asphalt has become standard practice. In many countries, including Australia, RAP is by far the most recycled construction waste product. Maximising the re-use of RAP in its highest value application, i.e. as new asphalt product,…
A new report from Austroads documents research to validate the wheel-tracking approach as a complementary means of evaluating the rutting performance of granular bases. The project assessed the influence of the moisture content on the laboratory wheel-tracking performances of four typical crushed rock materials and evaluated the effect of dry-back…
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