This paper discusses the energy aspects of road building, from the point of view of road planning, design, construction and maintenance, and traffic operations. Current research into the development of new sources of fuel is seen as a long-term strategy, and there will be no significant alternative in the short to medium term to the continued use of existing fuels. Topics discussed in detail include road planning, geometric road design, the use of substitute binders and waste and marginal materials, the effects of driver behaviour and speed limits, and traffic management in both urban and rural areas, especially vehicle occupancy and preferential treatments. It is concluded that the greatest potential for energy conservation is in the use of smaller and more efficient vehicles and improved driver practices. In the field of road building, urban traffic management techniques have most potential, though not as great as vehicle design and driver behaviour. Likely savings in the fields of road planning, design, construction and maintenance are likely to be small, but such measures are still important, as they can produce other benefits, such as reduced construction and operational costs (A). (TRRL)

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  • Pagination: p. 13-21
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  • Source Agency: ARRB Group Ltd.
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  • Created Date: Jul 22 1980 12:00AM