Sustainable roads - an achievable goal?

Thorpe, David (2011) Sustainable roads - an achievable goal? In: Society for Sustainability and Environmental Engineering International Conference (SSEE 2011): Escaping Silos, 24-26 Oct 2011, Brisbane, Queensland.

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Introduction: Roads are essential for the functioning of modern society, and play a key role in the carriage and distribution of goods, services and people. There are however concerns about their role in a sustainable world.

Objective: To examine the advantages and disadvantages of sustainable road development and management, with a view to asking whether it is possible to achieve truly sustainable roads.

Description of the Issues: Modern roads need to be planned, designed, constructed, maintained and disposed of sustainably. Issues in such sustainable road development and management include planning and design for sustainable transportation, management of storm water and runoff, design and construction for minimal impact on the natural environment, use of sustainable and recycled materials, whole of life asset management, and the use of sustainable construction and maintenance processes. Thus the close attention to drainage systems, sound environmental management, water sensitive urban design, use of advanced environmentally friendly materials, and environmentally responsible project management are important considerations in the sustainable development and management of roads.

Key roads should also have continued functionality during and immediately after major natural disasters. Therefore, the design and construction of such roads and their associated structures should take into account their viability as transportation links in all but the most extreme of operating conditions.

Conclusion: An evaluation is undertaken of the issues in sustainable road development and management, with a view to assessing whether it is possible to achieve truly sustainable roads in the broader context of minimising the human environmental footprint.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2013 03:17
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 00:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: sustainability; roads; development; design; construction; maintenance; management
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090505 Infrastructure Engineering and Asset Management
09 Engineering > 0907 Environmental Engineering > 090799 Environmental Engineering not elsewhere classified
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140217 Transport Economics
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 88 Transport > 8801 Ground Transport > 880106 Road Infrastructure and Networks

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