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January 2019

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Dear readers,

The World Road Association actively participated in the 98th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) held in Washington, D.C. (United States of America) from 13 to 17 January 2019. More than 10,000 participants from the United States of America and around the world gathered as every year to discuss all topics related to road, rail and air transport. In particular, this meeting is at the crossroads of research and practice: what new scientific results are ready to be implemented, what new research must be undertaken to meet the needs of users and contracting authorities?

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Patrick Malléjacq

Secretary General


Call for proposals open! Special project "Positive Energy Roads"

PIARC is launching a call for proposals for the Special Project "Positive Energy Roads" to be implemented in 2019.

Response deadline: February 15, 2019

Don't wait any longer! Register for the World Road Congress and benefit from a special rate! 

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 6-10 October 2019

The theme of the 2019 Abu Dhabi World Road Congress will be "Connecting Cultures, Enabling Economies" and will host 150 presentations with more than 50 workshops and sessions.

>> To know more about it

Discover the latest PIARC publications! 

Discover the first publications of the 2016 - 2019 work cycle of the World Road Association (PIARC). They are available in one or more of the Association's three working languages, French, English and Spanish, and are published after a meticulous validation and quality control exercise.

Stay tuned, many more will be available soon!

>> To know more about it


Death of the Mayor of Gda?sk (Poland)

Mr. Pawe? Adamowicz, 53, mayor of Gdansk since 1998, died suddenly on 14 January 2019 following a knife attack the day before by a repeat offender while chairing a charity gala. He had warmly and effectively hosted the XVth International Winter Road Congress, from 20 to 23 February 2018 in a city that he had profoundly transformed and modernized in 20 years of municipal mandate. The World Road Association joins in the grief of his loved ones, the people of Gdansk and Poland, who paid tribute to him with a national day of mourning.


12th ASTRAD Symposium and "Austrokommunal 2019" trade fair on Road Management and Winter Service 

Wels (Austria), 15 and 16 May 2019

The 12th edition of the ASTRAD Symposium on Road Management and Winter Service will take place on 15 and 16 May 2019 in Wels, Upper Austria. More than 150 exhibitors and 3,000 professionals are expected to attend this biennial "Austrian Winter Road Congress". New equipment and techniques for road operation and winter maintenance will be presented during several technical sessions and on 20,000 m² of exhibition space (indoor and outdoor) with free access for registered visitors.

>> To know more about it

The latest issue of the PIARC National Committees Newsletter is online 

The various activities and events of National Committees around the world are detailed in this issue 53.

>> Consult issue 53 of the PIARC National Committees Newsletter



ERRATUM - Establishment of PIARC International Road Statistics (2014-2018)

PIARC published a road data report by inadvertance which was an intermediate working document, not the final version.

We have removed it from our website for the time being, and we are working to resolve this issue. Readers will be informed of the publication of the correct version of this report.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Routes/Roads 379 - Urban Mobility 

In all countries, population density in and around cities has initiated a "land use" / "expanded transportation services" spiral, which has been responsible for a number of novel problems. The effect of new transportation infrastructure on exacerbating urban sprawl is well-known...

>> Read

Practical guide to pavement design for tropical countries 

Over the past forty-five years, major developments have taken place in the pavement sector, while African countries experienced strong growth in heavy goods vehicle traffic, requiring the widespread use of paved roads on the most travelled routes supporting economic growth.

>> See the technical report (Report in French)


PIARC Events

International Seminar "Towards Advanced Technology and Materials in Bridge Engineering" 

April 01-04, 2019

Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

International Seminar "Safer Roads by Infrastructure Design and Operation" 

April 23-27, 2019

Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

Workshop "Connected and autonomous vehicles and their potential impact on the performance of transport administrations"

May 2019

Rome (Italy)

Workshop on Disaster Management

May 2019

San Diego (United States)

26th World Road Congress 

06-10 October 2019

Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)

PIARC will be there

Road Technical Days (JTR) 

6 - 7 February 2019

Nantes (France)

7th Road Tunnels Symposium "Tunnels: reducing distances, uniting people. Current overview and good practices 

11 - 14 February 2019

Barcelona (Spain)

Biennial meeting of the territories 

18 - 20 March 2019

Paris (France)

Annual Summit of the International Transport Forum (ITF) 

22-24 May 2019

Leipzig (Germany)

>> Find all the events in the calendar! 

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