Highway and Traffic Engineering in Developing Countries

Highway and Traffic Engineering in Developing Countries

Bent Thagesen

Preference :

The main purpose of this book is to meet a pronounced need for a textbook on planning,
design, construction, maintenance and management of roads and traffic in the traditional
developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Most of these countries, which
do not include the former Eastern Bloc countries, are situated in the tropics, where the
natural conditions are different from related conditions in temperate regions. Also, the
institutional issues and the financial problems confronting countries in the ‘South’ are
usually different from the state of affairs in the ‘North’. However, most existing
textbooks on highway engineering are geographically biased and based on experience
from industrialized countries with temperate climates, or they deal with specific
problems, for instance, soil stabilization or road building in the tropics.
The aim of this book is to give a comprehensive account of the wide range of both
technical and non-technical problems that may confront road engineers working in the
Third World without giving a detailed coverage of methods and techniques. The book is
designed primarily as a fundamental text for civil engineering students, but an additional
objective is to offer a broader view of the subject for practising engineers.
The book does not purport to address the safety problems associated with testing of
road materials and construction and maintenance of roads. Readers are expected to
establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine applicability of national
regulatory limitations prior to use of any method described in the book.
The text has been written with the assistance of a number of professionals with many
years of experience gained in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Central America. The
names of the writers of the different chapters appear in the list of contributors, in the table
of contents and under the headings of the chapters. I am indebted to them all for their
contributions. My thanks also go to Wendy Taylor who helped with the preparation of
Chapter 24; to Poul Harboe and Per Kirkemann who wrote background material for
Chapter 25; to Arne Poulsen and Robin MacDonald who scrutinized various chapters; to
Dr. Richard Robinson who assisted with manuscript review, and to Sanne Knudsen who
did the proofreading.
Many of the illustrations have been reproduced from other publications. The sources
are quoted below the illustrations and at the end of each chapter. The cover was designed
by Ove Broo Sørensen. The preparation of the book has been financed partly by the
COWI-fund and the Danish International Development Assistance (Danida). This help is
gratefully acknowledged.

Highway and Traffic Engineering in Developing Countries

Content :
  • Highways and development
  • Highway Planning
  • Traffic Characteristics
  • Geometric Design
  • Drainage
  • Pavements
  • Construction
  • Maintenance
  • Development Assistance
  • Institutional Issues

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