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Basics of Highway Traffic Analyses

Once the work of gathering data regarding road usage has been done the monumental task of analyzing it begins. In order to make sense of the numbers highway engineers will employ a number of different analytic methods to determine the needs of the community and what the best construction methods and design for a highway…

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Main Strategies for Highway Planning

When designing a highway there are several factors to consider, the main ones being geometric alignment, material choices, and structural design. Geometric Alignment Naturally, one of the most important things to consider when designing a highway is its physical geometry and proportions. To determine the physical layout that a highway will have to have engineers…

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Collecting and Analyzing Travel Data

The first step of any major public works projects, especially highways, is the collection and analysis of data. How this information is gathered and analyzed are hot topics and there are a wide variety of tools that highway planners have at their disposal to collect the information they need. Another issue arises when the question…

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Planning and Development: Financing and Public Consulting

When highway planning, development and construction requires funding, where does it come from? Fuel taxes are most often part of the revenue used. State highway revenues do not do well when generated by “general” taxes such as income tax, property tax, or other forms of “regular” funding. This is predominantly because these types of funding…

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Planning and Development: Environmental Assessment Impact

Highway planning and development is an intricate, highly involved process during which must take a number of factors into consideration during the creation of a plan for new roadways. One of the most important aspects to be considered is the impact that any new development will have on the environment. This must be studied and…

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Highway Safety

While our highways and roadways provide a very necessary and convenient means of travel, they also take a toll in lives lost. Approximately 1.2 million people are killed in traffic accidents annually and another 50 million are injured. Among persons under the age of 50, auto accidents are the number one cause of death. Highway…

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Construction, Maintenance and Management

Even though the techniques for constructing highways have kept evolving because of technology advancement and the complexity of the highway, one thing has remained unchanged. Before any highway construction, there should a well taken survey and a good subgrade preparation. In highway construction, there is always a big difference in highway construction between urban areas…

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Highway Designs

There are several designs for highways and roadways. These designs require a lot of engineering as there are many factors that are considered in the design of highways. The most important fact considered is the expected average speed of the vehicles that will be passing through the highways. In other words, there are different types…

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Sustainable Pavements Program

To extend the lifespan of pavements and highways, there are several sustainable pavement programs that have been adopted in different parts of the world. These programs contribute to the sustainability and optimization of pavement serviceability. Sustainable pavement programs also help to reduce costs in the long run. While sustainable pavement programs have a lot of…

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Vehicle Technologies for Highways

The biggest challenge road transportation is the road crashes. Road transportation has the highest number of accidents. While some of these accidents can lead to permanent injuries, others lead to death. The most painful aspect is that over 90 percent of these crashes are avoidable and they are caused by human error. Over 30,000 people…

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