The World Road Association-PIARC was established in 1909. It brings together the road administrations of 122 governments and has members--individuals, companies, authorities and organizations--in over 140 countries.
The new Road Safety Manual (RSM) is designed to help countries at every stage of infrastructure development to fulfil road safety objectives. It includes new thinking on road safety and offers a clear argument on why adopting a Safe System approach is crucial for your country.
Manual accessed free of charge at roadsafety.piarc.org (currently in English only, French and Spanish versions to follow).
This electronic manual on RNO & ITS is a comprehensive, regularly updated handbook helping practitioners to alleviate road congestion. Road Network Operations (RNO) concern methods that contribute to safer and more efficient travel for road users. Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) concern a wide range of services that use information and communications technology that can improve transportation and mobility.
Manual accessed free of charge at rno-its.piarc.org (currently in English only, French and Spanish versions to follow)
The Road Tunnels Manual focuses exclusively on the aspects linked to the use of road tunnels (geometry, tunnel equipment and maintenance, operations, safety, environment). It does not cover the civil engineering of tunnels (geology, geotechnics, retaining structure, surfacing, waterproofing, drainage, etc.) This updated version of the Manual is already available in English, French and Spanish. More language versions will be included gradually.
Manual accessed free of charge at tunnelsmanual.piarc.org
Based on the answers from 18 road authorities in 16 countries this report examines the extent to which an estimation of the load bearing capacity of road bridges is made based on damage and deficiency. The report firstly examines the Codes/Directives/Manuals used for the estimation of the load carrying capacity of road bridges and what triggers the inspection [...] Display the technical report
Actions undertaken to mitigate the negative effects of climate change on road networks have varied from one country to another. They include legal, regulatory and institutional measures; promoting other transport modes; introducing new, green technologies; undertaking permanent supervision of embankments and slopes to reduce risks of collapse, accidents and interruptions [...] Display the technical report
In many countries, the average age of the road bridges stock is over fifty years, and a large number of the bridges are not in good condition. The economic issue leads to the search for innovative solutions to extend the service life of the bridges and rehabilitate them in the most cost-effective way. From an international survey, twenty-two cases of degradation [...] Display the technical report
This paper is addressing threats directed to the infrastructure. A correct understanding and a suitable handling of the security of road infrastructure is not only important to safeguard the infrastructure itself, but is also relevant to cover the protection of the social and economic values, the protection of the environment, and even the security of other transportation [...] Display the technical report
On 11 May 2011, the UN General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/64/255 with the goal of improving road safety.
This text was followed by a presentation by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Baan Ki-Moon, of the Global Plan of Action for the Decade for Road Safety 2011-2020.