Technical Reports Road network operations

This page lists technical reports of PIARC in the field of road network operations. These publications are classified chronologically.

  • Automated Vehicles - Challenges and Opportunities for Road Operators and Road Authorities

    Vehicle Automation – at SAE levels 3, 4 and 5 – is still in a testing phase in most countries. Many tests at level 3 have been performed successfully on open roads without any changes to the road infrastructure and without any observed impacts on congestion. There are various situations which necessitate that a driver takes control of the vehicle – a fall-back solution that is still allowed at level 3, but not at level 4 or 5. It is likely that some support from the infrastructure will be [...]

  • COVID-19: Survey of Impacts and Responses from the Global Roads and Transport Sector

    In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic took hold across the world, creating massive impacts and challenges for multiple sectors, including roads and transport. PIARC took action rapidly, forming a COVID-19 Response Team and initiating a programme of knowledge-sharing webinars.  The Response Team also launched a global questionnaire survey. The intention was to assess how road and transport agencies, operators and other organizations were coping with COVID-19 pandemic and to identify responses and [...]

  • COVID-19: initial impacts and responses to the pandemic from road and transport agencies

    The road transport sector, and the organisations and professionals who manage it, is an essential service and PIARC recognized the potential for COVID-19 to cause severe disruption to the road transport sector early on. In mid-March 2020, PIARC moved to establish a formal PIARC COVID-19 Response Team to explore the rapid sharing of knowledge and practice between PIARC members in terms of pandemic impacts, associated economic and social crisis and the relevant responses. Activities were rapidly launched [...]

  • Preserve Earthworks and Rural Roads from the Impact of Climate Changes

    This report puts together good practices on the various regional approaches to the impacts of climate change on roads and little hydraulic works. The subject has already been addressed during previous PIARC cycles but more on the general geotechnical aspect. It includes the definition of the climatic parameters that had to be taken into account, the definition of a rural roads and the terminology of the structure of a road (going from embankments, slopes to the pavement layers). The report covers: [...]

  • Principles for Cooperation and Collaboration between National and Local Road Agencies

    This report analyses general areas of cooperation amongst road authorities at the various levels and the various institutional tools utilised to ensure integration. The need for cooperation between national, federal, provincial, state, local and municipal road agencies is becoming more pronounced. Noting that depending on the specific country one can find State Departments of Transportation, Ministries, transport agencies, metropolitan planning organisations, federal administrations, provincial [...]


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