A bridge strategy for the introduction of the next generation of heavy vehicles

This paper discusses VicRoads staged approach to the introduction of high productivity freight vehicles (HPFVs) as proposed by the National Transport Commission (NTC) based on performance based standards (PBS). As the bridge stock has been designed to different design standards, many bridges are inadequate for the projected vehicles. An explanation is provided of the strategies being used and the interaction with others. These strategies include the provision of initial government advice and the determination and assessment of critical freight routes to minimise the time intervals for the introduction of next generation high productivity freight vehicles. The introduction of these vehicles will require a new paragon of thinking by bridge engineers including increased surveillance of the performance of existing bridges, new methods of strengthening and accelerated construction techniques to minimise disruption to traffic. (a) For the covering entry of this conference, please see ITRD abstract no. E218160.


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  • Accession Number: 01143963
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: TRL
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Nov 16 2009 12:17PM