Reducing the environmental impact of road construction

Newman, Peter, Hargroves, Karlson, Desha, Cheryl, Whistler, Luke, Farr, Annabel, Wilson, Kimberley J., Beauson, Justine, Matan, Annie, & Surawski, Leon (2012) Reducing the environmental impact of road construction. Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre, Brisbane, Qld.

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The practice of road construction and maintenance is inherently lean and efficient; a result of the economic benefits that are gained by minimizing wasted resources. In this age of conservation and environmental management, the inbuilt sustainability of existing road construction practices is being developed and extended to produce variety of environmentally sustainable options. A new concept of a “sustainable road” has emerged through both academia and industry, and is defined to be a road that is:

  • constructed to reduce environmental impacts;

  • designed to optimise the alignment (vertical and horizontal including considerations of ecological constraints and operational use by vehicles);

  • resilient to future environmental and economic pressures (e.g. climate change and resource scarcity);

  • adaptable to changing uses including increased travel volumes, greater demand for public and active (cycling and walking) transport, and;

  • able to harvest the energy to power itself.

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ID Code: 85967
Item Type: Report
Refereed: No
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Infrastructure Engineering and Asset Management (090505)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Transport Engineering (090507)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING (090700) > Environmental Engineering Design (090701)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre
Deposited On: 10 Aug 2015 23:52
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2015 06:41

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