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: Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design: Selected Proceedings from the International Conference of Sustainable Engineering Design for Society (SEEDS 2019). Springer Nature, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 51-63. ISBN 978-3-030-44380-1

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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: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version embargoed until 30 June 2022 in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2022 05:25
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2022 09:24
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
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4005 Civil engineering > 400508 Infrastructure engineering and asset management
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): B Economic Development > 88 Transport > 8801 Ground Transport > 880106 Road Infrastructure and Networks
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 27 TRANSPORT > 2703 Ground transport > 270308 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/46241

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