Category Archives: Infrastructure

Gothenburg Celebrates 400 Years in the Air

Artist’s renditions of cableway from the City of Gothenburg.
Upon turning 400, Gothenburg intends to celebrate by completing a cableway that spans the Göta River. Thousands of people are expected to make their daily commute on the cableway. The idea of a cableway for public transport was presented in detail at Transportforum in Linköping. Travel in...

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Smart Paving Choice Reduces Energy Consumption

Close-up of road structure.
All approaches to reducing carbon dioxide emissions are welcome, and one of them might be to reduce the rolling resistance of the pavement. Different pavements offer different levels of resistance, which means that they can affect vehicle fuel consumption. One approach is to reduce the...

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The Handbook of Road Safety Measures – Now in Portuguese

Michael W.J. Sørensen with the newly presented handbook translated to Portuguese
The newest edition of the “Handbook of Road Safety Measures” has been published in Portuguese and was released during the “Second Global High Level Conference on Road Safety” in Brazil on November 17, 2015. The Institute of Transport Economics in Norway has written the Handbook of...

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Research Moving Forward into Skid-free Pedestrian and Bicycle Paths

Many initiatives are currently underway around Sweden intended to make it safer to move around outdoors in winter and increase the proportion of trips by bicycle or on foot. However, nearly all our knowledge of winter road maintenance derives from the maintenance of airports and vehicle roads in...

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Conference: ERPUG 2015 forum

The latest in road profiling and road surface characteristics. European Road Profile User's Group are proud to invite you to the ERPUG 2015 forum, October 15-16, 2015, in Budapest, Hungary. It will take place in central Budapest at the Technical University. Registration is now open, see...

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Unique Model Calculates Costs of Winter Maintenance

Winter road in snowstorm
In the late 1990s, VTI and the Swedish Transport Administration (then known as the Swedish Road Administration) began discussing the creation of a model for calculating the socioeconomic costs of various strategies for the winter maintenance of the national road system. VTI has now been working...

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Developing Winter Road Maintenance Technologies, Services and Business

Image showing typical winter driving conditions on Finnish main road
Finnish companies, authorities and research institutes have a long tradition of dealing with winter conditions. Key stakeholders in the winter maintenance branch have joined forces to develop new services and products. Due to its geographical location and four seasons, Finland has had to...

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Bridges and Roads Subject of Special Study

Image of a bridge crossing water
A three-year project to better assess the condition of roads and bridges has been completed. “This project will make it easier for highway administrators to structure data obtained from measurements and create manageable information that is applicable for various purposes in highway...

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Electric Roads: a Solution for the Future

Simulation of electrified roads
In several years we will need to rely on something other than fossil fuels for our transport needs. One possible alternative is for our vehicles to run on electricity supplied along the road. In autumn 2014, VTI partnered with the Swedish Transport Administration and Viktoria Swedish ICT to test...

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Kerbs Can Affect Guardrail Function

Guardrail with kerb
A guardrail is intended to catch a vehicle that is headed in the wrong direction, i.e., off the road, and guide it back onto the road with as little damage to the vehicle as possible, all to reduce the risk of personal injury inside the vehicle. But what happens if a kerb is installed in front of...

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