THE IMPACT OF OFF-SHORE OIL ON THE HIGHWAY SYSTEM

After a general introduction to oil exploration and its subsequent development, Part 1 of the paper reviews the planning aspects of oil-related projects and the way in which local authorities had to cope with a new and largely unknown situation by way of new planning strategies and the provision of supporting infrastructures. The author examines the various types of impact on highways arising from projects and the effect on the highway structure from increased traffic and loads, the effect on the manual labour organisation, the problems of oil and gas pipelines and the acceleration of the major improvement programmes on the trunk and principal roads serving the new oil development areas. He has further attempted to illustrate specific problems by project examples in his own county. Part 2 - "construction aspects" - illustrates some of the problems associated with roadworks on sites which are different from the average both in terms of remoteness and of climatic conditions. It is suggested that thought must be given to adapting the design requirements to the use of local materials, consistent with good engineering standards. It also considers the problems of mobilising labour and plant resources in remote sites taking account of the shorter working season which can result from climatic conditions. /TRRL/

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    Whitehall Technical Press Limited

    Wrotham Place
    Wrotham, Sevenoaks, Kent ME14 1PE,   England 
  • Authors:
    • White, J F
    • Lindsay, D C
  • Publication Date: 1975-12

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 19-28
  • Serial:
    • Highway Engineer
    • Volume: 22
    • Issue Number: 12
    • Publisher: Whitehall Press Limited
    • ISSN: 0306-6452

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00134221
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 4 1976 12:00AM