Management of low traffic volume roads unsealed road classification system

Hartwig, Andrew (2013) Management of low traffic volume roads unsealed road classification system. [USQ Project]

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Abstract

Unsealed roads play an important role within Australia’s 825,000km road network. Providing the necessary funds to the unsealed portion of the network is an ongoing issue. Investigation into Toowoomba Regional Council’s unsealed road maintenance practices was undertaken to determine if any improvements or modifications could be made to improve delivery of this service. The aim was to provide consistency across Tooowoomba Regional Council resulting in maximisation of limited maintenance funds. To achieve consistency and maximise funds across Tooowoomba Regional Council a road classification system was developed.
A four tier classification system was developed that outlines the service function and characteristics of roads throughout Tooowoomba Regional Council. Maintenance activities, intervention levels and response times were developed in accordance with the classification system. Estimated costs in maintaining the road network based on this system were calculated to predict funding requirements for the future.

From a comparison completed, on previous years maintenance expenditure and future funding requirements, there was minimal difference between the two. Determining if the classification system is adequate for Tooowoomba Regional Council’s requirements, involves the classification system to be trialled for a period, so as to make adjustments and provide community feedback.

The development of the classification system, while not providing a definitive answer on maintenance costs, has provided a method of adopting consistent maintenance practices and standards across the region which did not previously exist.

It is anticipated that Toowoomba Regional Council can achieve savings on future maintenance costs with the adoption of such a system, and this will provide value for money services that the community can afford.


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Item Type: USQ Project
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Supervisors: Slader,Ian; Thorpe,David
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2014 06:07
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2014 06:07
Uncontrolled Keywords: management; low traffic volume roads; unsealed road; classification system
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090507 Transport Engineering
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24676

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