“One of the top ten goals set by the White Paper on Transport (2011) is to reduce fatalities in road transport. The increase of the safety of the road infrastructure had been one of the seven main aims of the policy orientations made by the European Commission (EC) regarding to road safety for 2011-2020. […] However, despite of the fact that the EU has the safest roads in the world, 70 people are still dying and 370 got serious injuries every day. These figures are insufficient if the EU wants to meet its target of halving road fatalities between 2010 and 2020 (only 40 people by 2020). The European Commission also settled as a long-term goal to move close to zero road fatalities by 2050. […] One of the ways to achieve this goal, amongst others such as intelligent vehicles and better enforcement, is safer road infrastructure. The use of passive safety systems and, more specifically, road restraint systems undoubtedly contributes to higher safety. There will also be more focus on vulnerable road users, motorcyclists in particular”
This 60-page publication has been prepared by the Technical & Promotion Committee and Best Practices Working Group of EUPAVE. It is an updated version of the Technical Report “Achieving and maintaining the evenness of concrete pavements” of the World Road Association (PIARC), which was prepared by the PIARC Technical Committee on Concrete Roads and published in 1991.
The publication provides technical guidance for the execution of concrete pavements. It contains a review of the measuring methods for evenness, guidance on the parameters that have an influence on concrete pavement evenness and a presentation of the state of the art of techniques used to restore evenness.
In the beginning of the 20th century, many European cities had a tramway, but those disappeared around the 1950’s when the car became the modern way of transportation and metro lines were built in the big cities. However, tramways made their come-back in the 1990’s when the cities started rethinking their mobility concept and spatial planning. Together with bus transport, cycling and walking, they are today the dominant transport modes in urban areas. Both trams and buses require a high quality and, if possible, dedicated infrastructure, for which concrete offers safe and reliable long life solutions.
Concrete safety barriers offer a sustainable solution for road safety. They are available in a wide range of products, from temporary workforce protection in a work zone, to the highest containment levels for heavy goods vehicles. They are competitive with other barrier systems based on initial construction costs and, thanks to their 50-year life, concrete barriers are unbeatable on life-cycle cost.
EUPAVE released a brochure entitled “Soil stabilisation and in-situ pavement recycling, two of the most sustainable road construction techniques”.
The publication highlights how recycling worn out asphalt pavement leads to not only environmental but also economic benefits. Indeed, recycling the existing soil means less emission of pollutants, less nuisance and less degradation of the adjacent road network among other advantages.
The brochure also shows benefits of soil stabilisation with binders as an environmental-friendly and cost effective method of converting poor quality soil into structural layers with high bearing capacity.
Controlling traffic noise has become an increasingly important priority in recent decades. The European Union addressed the general issue of environmental noise in a 2002 European Directive known as the “Environmental Noise Directive (END)”.
Traffic noise forms a major part of the problem and can be abated by the construction of noise barriers and/or low-noise surfaces, the latter being the most efficient solution.
In this brochure EUPAVE shows concrete pavements are not as noisy they are often perceived; provide examples of techniques to ensure low-noise concrete pavements and look at case studies and real data showing concrete’s performance.
In order to make the right choice of pavement, a global evaluation is needed taking into account the safety, durability, the life cycle cost and the surface characteristics.
European Commission has adopted the new EU infrastructure policy “The Trans-European Transport (TEN-T) Networks” which will put in place a powerful European transport network across the 28 Member States to promote growth and competitiveness.
The road is a vital link in transport infrastructure. Harmonisation in quality of the road and operation as well as the capacity of the infrastructure can provide continuous mobility on European corridors.
The challenge is to improve the road network in order to ease traffic flow, reduce congestion, reduce journey time and enhance road safety.
This publication presents two solutions for upgrading existing infrastructure:
and also provides useful examples of a tool to aid in decision-making between different options.
In many European countries there is an increasing interest in the use of roundabouts instead of signalized intersections. Concrete roundabouts provide sufficient strength to withstand the stresses induced by intense and heavy traffic and offer a safe and continuous traffic flow.
This publication helps designers, engineers and decision makers by presenting the advantages of concrete roundabouts and the design and construction aspects of a jointed plain, a jointed reinforced or a continuously reinforced concrete pavement.
Safer road infrastructure is one of the strategic objectives of the European Commission (EC) through safer roads. Another concern of the EC is the use of sustainable solutions with respect to Green Public Procurement concept. Concrete safety barriers give answer to both issues of road safety and sustainability.
EUPAVE is proud to release the brochure on Concrete Safety Barriers. In this publication you will find the:
Benefits of Concrete Safety Barriers
Combating climate change is a major environmental concern for the European Union. Surface transport represents 28% of total CO2 emissions of which 75% are generated by road transport. Consequently, developing a more sustainable transport network is a priority.
This brochure aims at disseminating the benefits of concrete against global warming, focusing on the fact that trucks consume less fuel on rigid pavements compared to flexible pavements. This statement, supported by international studies and researches of which the results are shown in this document, must become a key variable in decision making processes for sustainable infrastructure and, hopefully, become part of evaluation procedures for green public procurement.
The brochure emphasizes the growing importance of ecological factors in road construction due to environmental considerations in politics and society. The study is based on the evaluation of environmental impact of motorways, that is performed through a life cycle assessment according to ISO 14040.
The research presented in this publication is rewarded with the “Best Marketing Paper Award” during 11th International Symposium on Concrete Roads, Seville, Spain.
The publication of the IECA (Spanish Institute for Cement and its Applications) is translated into English by EUPAVE. The brochure highlights the importance of choosing the appropriate material for tunnel construction to ensure high safety and reliable availability to traffic, and explains how concrete contributes to the safety of tunnels in case of fire in comparison with other paving materials.
A shortened version of EUPAVE’s publication “Concrete Roads: a Smart and Sustainable Choice” was published in the first month of 2010. The full publication’s little brother informs on the essential factors related to environment, society and economy and shows that the modern concrete road can be a sustainable solution.
In September 2009, EUPAVE released its first publication “Concrete Roads: a Smart and Sustainable Choice”.
This brochure draws on international experience to show that the modern concrete road can be a sustainable solution for our society and that it satisfies the basic criteria for sustainable construction in respect of the environment, economy and society.
The brochure is also available in Spanish, Dutch, French, Turkish and an extended version in Greek.
Low-noise concrete pavements are the standard today. They contribute to addressing the general issue of environmental noise, as required by the Environmental Noise Directive (END) of the European Union.
Traffic noise has become an important criterion in the design and construction of transport infrastructure. Modern concrete road surfaces are competitive with dense asphalt surfaces in terms of rolling noise. The durability of this low-noise performance is an extra advantage of concrete pavements. In addition, high skid resistance, which is important for road safety, is guaranteed over the lifetime of the pavement. Concrete is the clear choice for a sustainable pavement when all aspects are considered, including durability, life cycle cost and surface characteristics.