Vegetation and Debris Control Methods for Maintenance-Friendly Roadside Design

This project sought to further the development of safer and more efficient roadside maintenance operations. The focus was on efforts to collect litter and debris and control vegetation on roadsides. A review and assessment of equipment and methods was performed followed by development and testing of conceptual vegetation cutting tools that allow workers to perform remote operations from within a truck. The review and assessment was achieved by performing a literature search which was compiled and distributed in a web based document titled the Vegetation and Debris Control Toolbox. This toolbox was designed to efficiently provide information to persons working in the field and those seeking to develop solutions. A method of grading the value of existing and potential alternatives was developed with the application of fuzzy logic. Equipment that allows operators to work remotely from within the protected confines of a truck cab is safer and more efficient. Vegetation cutting tools intended to be used with a vacuum truck known as the ARDVAC were further refined and tested. Two concept tools, a rotary cutter and a reciprocating cutter were tested on grasses and woody stemmed weeds. A third tool was fabricated and tested for use on tumble weeds. Use of a web based toolbox to communicate and seek input from roadside maintenance operations is strongly recommended. The graphical format demonstrated will allow users to use it efficiently. Testing of the tools has demonstrated the strengths and weaknesses of each concept. It is recommended that input from the experience of users of the ARDVAC be considered prior to further tool development.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 159p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01727160
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CA10-1104, UCD-ARR-10-06-30-02
  • Contract Numbers: IA 65A0256
  • Created Date: Jun 9 2016 6:33PM