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  • Road accident investigation guidelines for road engineers

    In order to improve road safety, availability of accident data and an understanding of the circumstances that lead to crashes are of vital importance. The purpose of Road Accident Investigation (RAI) is to help road engineers detect road infrastructure deficiencies that influence an accident, in order [...]

    • Date : 2013
    • Pages : 51
    • PIARC Ref. : 2013R07EN
    • ISBN : 978-2-84060-321-4
  • Best practices for the sustainable maintenance of rural roads in developing countries

    Regular maintenance of roads is critical to the economic vitality of a country. In particular, a focus on rural road maintenance is needed when planning and operating a large transport network, as they are often deemed less important than paved roads and highways. When rural roads are neglected, it [...]

    • Date : 2013
    • Pages : 45
    • PIARC Ref. : 2013R01EN
    • ISBN : 978-284060-309-2
  • Comparison of national road safety policies and plans

    This Report examines the road safety performance of several nations, reviews reported policies and strategies in jurisdictions and attempts to establish linkages between adopted and implemented road safety policies, overarching multi - year strategies and performance outcomes. The findings are built [...]

    • Date : 2012
    • Pages : 304
    • PIARC Ref. : 2012R31EN
    • ISBN : 978-2-84060-264-4
  • Road safety inspection guidelines for safety checks of existing roads

    A Road Safety Inspection (RSI) is a systematic, on site review, conducted by road safety expert(s), of an existing road or section of road to identify hazardous conditions, faults and deficiencies that may lead to serious accidents. After defining what is a road safety inspection, the report details [...]

    • Date : 2012
    • Pages : 83
    • PIARC Ref. : 2012R27EN
    • ISBN : 978-2-84060-259-8
  • Strategies for road networks operation

    This report studies, in its first part, the strategies of management of congested areas and road corridors. Examples are presented of measures to reduce non-recurring congestion (traffic incidents, planned special events, work zones, real time traveler information); recurring congestion (including: [...]

    • Date : 2012
    • Pages : 90
    • PIARC Ref. : 2012R26EN
    • ISBN : 978-2-84060-295-4
  • Best practices for road safety campaigns

    The report presents key findings of a literature review of best practices for road safety campaigns, and relate these to actual road safety campaign practices by road administrations and authorities of fourteen countries who responded to a survey questionnaire. The report covers the following key [...]

    • Date : 2012
    • Pages : 50
    • PIARC Ref. : 2012R28EN
    • ISBN : 978-2-84060-260-1
  • Improvements in safe working on roads

    The focus of this guide is on safety of both workers and road users in construction zones. For the safe, efficient and effective management of work zones, it is proposed that a 4 C's principle be adopted. Work zones should be designed, operated and maintained such that the works are conspicuous, clear, [...]

    • Date : 2012
    • Pages : 99
    • PIARC Ref. : 2012R29EN
    • ISBN : 978-2-84060-263-6
  • State of the practice for cost-effectiveness analysis, cost-benefit analysis and resource allocation

    This report examines the economic analysis techniques applicable to investments to improve road safety, in order to optimize the allocation of available resources. It presents the basics of project evaluation before detailing the methods of cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis. The report [...]

    • Date : 2012
    • Pages : 102
    • PIARC Ref. : 2012R24EN
    • ISBN : 978-2-84060-291-1
  • Best practice for road tunnel emergency exercises

    Emergency exercises are an integral part of the planning process of road tunnel safety. Drawing on international experience in this area, this report is in the form of a detailed guide for defining objectives, prepare, implement and evaluate an exercise in the most efficient and productive as possible. [...]

    • Date : 2012
    • Pages : 50
    • PIARC Ref. : 2012R25EN
    • ISBN : 978-2-84060-292-X
  • Dealing with the effects of climate change on road pavements

    Climate change can have a direct impact on the performance of our transportation infrastructure. The purpose of the report is to sensitize the road sector to the likely impacts of climate change on road pavements and to provide guidance on how to go about: -Assessing the vulnerability of road pavements [...]

    • Date : 2012
    • Pages : 146
    • PIARC Ref. : 2012R06EN
    • ISBN : 2-84060-247-4
  • Financing, Contracting and Managing of Road System Investment

    The purpose of this report is to provide information on the current methods and approaches relating to: The different combinations of public and private sector involvement in the provision of sustainable road systems and the perceived advantages and disadvantages of these methods; The different [...]

    • Date : 2012
    • Pages : 101
    • PIARC Ref. : 2012R08EN
    • ISBN : 2-84060-255-5
  • The connected vehicle

    The advent of Intelligent Transport Systems has provided new opportunities for improving the safety and efficiency of the road network. The development of intelligent vehicles, connected by wireless networks to the roadside infrastructure, brings opportunities and issues which are being discussed in [...]

    • Date : 2012
    • Pages : 59
    • PIARC Ref. : 2012R02EN
    • ISBN : 2-84060-246-6
  • Taking advantage of intelligent transport systems to improve road safety

    Intelligent Transport Systems 1 (ITS) have been used for more than 20 years. ITS is rapidly entering the marketplace and is likely to penetrate a greater part of the vehicle fleet in the next 10 - 15 years. Applied effectively, ITS can save lives, time, and money as well as reduce threats to our environment. [...]

    • Date : 2011
    • Pages : 179
    • PIARC Ref. : 2011R03EN
    • ISBN : 2-84060-233-4
  • Recommendations regarding road tunnel drivers' training and information

    A follow-up on the report « Human Factors and safety from the view point of users » that was published in 2008 by the World Road Association, this new work by Technical Committee C4 - Road Tunnel Operations - aims at giving key information and instructions to drivers in order to enable them to adopt [...]

    • Date : 2011
    • Pages : 193
    • PIARC Ref. : 2011R04EN
    • ISBN : 2-84060-235-0
  • Road tunnels: operational strategies for emergency ventilation

    During normal operation, ventilation, whether natural or mechanical, is required to provide a clean air environment and to prevent the accumulation of pollutants. During emergency operation, ventilation is needed to influence the flow of smoke. Smoke control plays a key role to increase the chances [...]

    • Date : 2011
    • Pages : 99
    • PIARC Ref. : 2011R02EN
    • ISBN : 2-84060-234-2
  • Road safety audit guidelines for safety checks of new road projects

    This guideline is a comprehensive catalogue of design safety problems and countermeasures that outlines the common types of design failures in a definitive guide for road engineers and professionals working in the road transport sector. With the UN Decade of Action soon to be launched by the World Health [...]

    • Date : 2011
    • Pages : 385
    • PIARC Ref. : 2011R01EN
    • ISBN : 2-84060-199-0
  • Congestion in urban areas - Examples of counter-measures

    Congestion is a complex phenomenon, influenced by socioeconomic, technical, and human factors. The report examines twenty case studies and focuses on countermeasures against recurrent congestion on urban roads implemented in various cities. The countermeasures have been characterised by the nature/degree [...]

    • Date : 2010
    • Pages : 145
    • PIARC Ref. : 2010R04EN
    • ISBN : 2-84060-232-6
  • Snow and ice databook, 2010

    Varying in intensity and duration, winter remains a season of unpredictability and extremes.Road network managers facing the rigours of winter must continually adapt their services to ensure the safety of road users, maintain accessibility and ensure the network is maintained to acceptable standards. [...]

    • Date : 2010
    • Pages : 223
    • PIARC Ref. : 2010R03EN
  • Tools for road tunnel safety management

    This report is dedicated to the basic tools needed for management and decision support on road tunnel safety issues. It defines the general demands on tunnel safety documentation, referring to each of the three different stages of a tunnel project: design-construction, commissioning, operation. An [...]

    • Date : 2009
    • Pages : 125
    • PIARC Ref. : 2009R08EN
    • ISBN : 2-84060-228-8
  • PIARC Catalogue of design safety problems and potential countermeasures

    This catalogue presents a set of commonly design errors and suggests a range of measures to overcome them; it also gives an indication of the comparative countermeasure costs to facilitate prioritisation of the work. The catalogue can be used both as a proactive safety tool to ensure the design faults [...]

    • Date : 2009
    • Pages : 169
    • PIARC Ref. : 2009R07EN
    • ISBN : 2-84060-227-X
  • Road Safety Manual

    After six years of diligent work led by the PIARC Technical Committee on Road Safety, this reference publication compiles the experience from different countries; it presents state-of-the-art information and guidance for the design and operation of road infrastructure in order to increase road safety. [...]

    • Date : 2004
    • Pages : 603
    • PIARC Ref. : 13.03.B - Manuel de sécurité routièreEN
  • Overview of winter maintenance contracts

    Road transportation has increased considerably in the past few decades and winter maintenance has become a public service activity of vital importance to the economy. Many production activities are organized with reduced inventories and just-in-time policies have developed considerably, resulting in [...]

    • Date : 2009
    • Pages : 123
    • PIARC Ref. : 2009R01EN
    • ISBN : 2-84060-220-2
  • Human factors and road tunnel safety regarding users

    This report aims to improve the understanding of user behaviour in road tunnels in both normal and critical situations and to provide recommendations for tunnel design and operation. After an introduction of the human decision process, the report presents observations of the behaviour of tunnel users [...]

    • Date : 2008
    • Pages : 193
    • PIARC Ref. : 2008R17EN
    • ISBN : 2-84060-218-0
  • Urban road tunnels - Recommendations to managers and operating bodies for design, management, operation and maintenance

    Urban road tunnels are unique in terms of traffic characteristics (high volume, congestion during commuter periods, wide variety of vehicles, high percentage of buses, etc.), infrastructural design, difficulty of closing and urban environment. Recommendations are presented to managers and operating [...]

    • Date : 2008
    • Pages : 110
    • PIARC Ref. : 2008R15EN
    • ISBN : 2-84060-216-4
  • Human factors guidelines for safer road infrastructure

    It is well known, that human factors have an enormous influence on the safe handling of technical systems. Human factors can be described as people's contributions to damaging events. It is the generic term for those psychological and physiological patterns, which are verified to contribute to operational [...]

    • Date : 2008
    • Pages : 110
    • PIARC Ref. : 2008R18EN
    • ISBN : 2-84060-215-6

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