Sustainable Development and Management of Low Volume Road Networks in Australia

Franzen, Thomas and Thorpe, David (2020) Sustainable Development and Management of Low Volume Road Networks in Australia. In: International Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society Conference 2019 (SEEDS 2019), 11-12 Sept, 2019, Ipswich, United Kingdom.

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Abstract

While low volume roads carry only limited volumes of traffic, they perform an essential social function through connecting communities, many of which are located in rural areas. These roads form a significant component of the Australian road network and should be constructed and maintained in a sustainable manner providing an ongoing effective, efficient, safe and reliable service. However, funding for them is often ranked at a lower priority than for roads with larger traffic volumes. Therefore, innovative and best practice network management strategies are required to ensure the productivity, safety, usability, social equity, sustainable environmental management, and resilience of these roads.
In order to further investigate current strategies for managing these roads, a survey was conducted of management practices for low volume roads and their networks in 38 local government areas, primarily located in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW). The research found that enhancements to the current practices were possible and made several recommendations for improvement. The study was also successful in defining the term “low volume road” for both sealed and unsealed roads in NSW. It identified approaches to improve the level of service provided by these roads and their networks by improved planning, design, and construction practices, along with lifecycle management and renewal strategies. It was also found that additional information specifically relating to these roads is required to be collected, recorded, and made accessible to asset managers in a formal system that supports key renewal decisions backed by sound evidence. There was significant opportunity to increase the level of road safety reviews for these roads. Leveraging funding, ensuring that new low volume roads meet future traffic demands, and continuing to investigate best practices for life cycle based sustainable asset management; development and preservation were found to be the most successful strategies to meet these challenges.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 -)
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2020 00:28
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2020 05:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: Low volume roads, Development, Management, Social, Sustainability, Communities
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090505 Infrastructure Engineering and Asset Management
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): B Economic Development > 88 Transport > 8801 Ground Transport > 880106 Road Infrastructure and Networks
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-44381-8_4
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/38093

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