Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Handbook of Highway Engineering

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A safe and efficient land transportation system is an essential element of sustainable regional or national economy. Roads have been and continue to be the backbone of the land transportation network that provides the accessibility for the required mobility to support economic growth and promote social activities. As more and more advanced and speedy modes of transportation are developed over time, and as the economic activities of the human society grow in pace and sophistication, the roles of roads have multiplied and their importance increased. At the same time, the potential adverse impacts of road development have also grown in magnitude, especially when proper planning, design, construction or management is not carried out.

To fully exploit the benefits of highway development and minimize possible adverse influences, the study of highway engineering must expand from merely meeting the basic needs of offering safe and speedy access from one point to another, to a field of study that not only covers the structural and functional requirements of highways and city streets, but also addresses the socio-economic and environmental impacts of road network development. Traditional engineering curriculum does not adequately cover these somewhat “softer” aspects of highway engineering and the societal roles of highway engineers. It is the intention of this Handbook to provide the deserved attention to these topics by devoting Part A with five chapters on issues related to highway planning and development. Few professionals will disagree that the highway engineer today must have sufficient knowledge in the areas of highway financing, access management, environmental impacts, road safety and noise. The five chapters should provide the necessary information on the social and environmental responsibilities of a highway engineer to the undergraduate student of civil engineering and the graduate research student in highway engineering. In addition, the highway engineer and the general reader would find an in-depth up-to-date account of the trend toward privatization of highway development and financing of highway projects.

Part A. Highway Planning and Development Issues
1. Financing Highways
2. Access Management of Highways
3. Environmental Impact Assessment of Highway Development
4. Highway Safety
5. Road Traffic Noise
Part B. Functional and Structural Design of Highways
6. Highway Geometric Design
7. Highway Materials
8. Design of Flexible Pavements
9. Design of Rigid Pavements
10. Design of Segmental Pavements
11. Overlay Design for Flexible Pavements
12. Overlay Design for Rigid Pavements
13. Highway Drainage Systems and Design
Part C. Construction, Maintenance and Management of Highways
14. Highway Construction
15. Project Management in Highway Construction
16. Highway Maintenance
17. Asset Management
18. Pavement Management Systems
19. Highway Condition Surveys and Serviceability Evaluation
20. Structural Evaluation of Highway Pavements
21. Pavement Skid Resistance Management
22. Bridge Management Systems

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