Into a newer age of pavement design

When cars first began travelling our roads in the early 1890s, the arterial road system was scarcely passable by horse and many authorities did not have the resources or the where-withal to halt the steady deterioration of their roads. The Country Roads Board (CRB) was formed in 1913 to manage Victorias principal roads. This same pattern of introducing a central road authority to co-ordinate the development of arterial roads was to be followed in all six states in subsequent years. By the mid 1930s, the State Road Authorities (SRA) were meeting once a year to standardise on road practices wherever possible. Come 1959, the group was re-titled the National Association of Australian State Road Authorities (NAASRA). Soon after the formation of NAASRA, it was realised that there was a need for a more co-ordinated approach to road research in certain areas. This led to the formation of the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB). The SRA's and ARRB were to work together over many years, in fact over four decades in making pavement design a more precise practice. (a) For the covering entry of this conference, please see ITRD abstract no. E211639.

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  • Publication Date: 2004-5


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  • Accession Number: 01011257
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 19 2005 2:57PM