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Investigating the Effects of High Productivity Vehicles on Road Infrastructure Using Weigh-in-Motion Technology

Russell G. Thompson, Maizuar Maizuar, Lihai Zhang, Priyan Mendis, and Kim Hassall
Department of Infrastructure Engineering, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

Abstract—Growing levels of freight demand are contributing to rising levels of congestion in many cities. Increasing freight demand from imports as well as exports is particularly significant in cities near ports, intermodal terminals and distribution centres. Larger trucks provide an opportunity for reducing road congestion as well as increasing productivity. However, road infrastructure managers are often concerned about the effects of larger trucks on the health and maintenance of road infrastructure such as bridges and road pavements. Weigh-in-Motion (WIM) technologies allow the weight of individual vehicles and axles of trucks operating on roads to be accurately measured without interfering with the flow of traffic. This paper illustrates how WIM data can be used to investigate the effects of high productivity vehicles on road infrastructure. A comparison of the impacts of B-Doubles with conventional trucks such as semi-trailers on pavements operating in Melbourne is presented. The results indicate that in terms of pavements, B-Doubles provide a substantial increase in efficiency.

Index Terms—Weigh-in-Motion, high productivity vehicles, pavement damage, road infrastructure management

Cite: Russell G. Thompson, Maizuar Maizuar, Lihai Zhang, Priyan Mendis, and Kim Hassall, "Investigating the Effects of High Productivity Vehicles on Road Infrastructure Using Weigh-in-Motion Technology," Journal of Traffic and Logistics Engineering, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 93-97, December 2016. doi: 10.18178/jtle.4.2.93-97

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