Elevated highways – a solution to Brisbane’s traffic congestion?

Delahunty, Bruce (2011) Elevated highways – a solution to Brisbane’s traffic congestion? [USQ Project] (Unpublished)

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The title “Elevated Highways – A Solution to Brisbane’s Traffic Congestion?” initially outlines the probable contents of the upcoming dissertation. Many cities around the world are experiencing worsening traffic chaos especially in peak hour travelling times. The construction of road tunnels, elevated highways, freeways and interchanges, bus ways, transit lanes, tollways and automated traffic systems are some of the methods that planners, engineers and governments have utilized to try to increase the capacity of the road infrastructure network to alleviate the congestion in peak hour traffic. Thus, the much debated topic of what infrastructure or road systems to construct in order to overcome the dreaded “peak hour rush” for any city reaching the capacity of their current road and transport network, is a never ending question and topic for today’s transport engineers, planners, governments, environmentalists and public to agree upon. I believe the answer lies within the creativity of the design engineers to conjure up new designs of infrastructure, with new materials, creativity and form that are environmentally acceptable and at a viable cost. Today’s transport planners and governments need to also implement acceptable systems of control to allow the traffic to flow as well as increase the capacity and use of public transportation systems. My aim for the upcoming thesis was to highlight another type of road infrastructure solution that is affordable and could be designed to alleviate the traffic congestion that is now evident on our roads in Brisbane, primarily in the peak travel times. Thus, my infrastructure solution of elevated roadways/highways strategically placed throughout Brisbane within existing railway corridors or over existing freeways/motorways to increase the existing capacity had primarily been my predominant solution for the ease of the traffic congestion in Brisbane. Elevated roadways / motorways could be established within existing railway corridors and over existing freeways to minimise the traffic congestion on South East Queensland’s infrastructure as the population grows.


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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2012 00:04
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 01:29
Uncontrolled Keywords: elevated highways
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090502 Construction Engineering
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/21939

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