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Low-Volume Roads Engineering

Mark P. Rossow, Ph.D, PE Retired

Low-volume roads are defined as roads with an average daily traffic of less than 400 vehicles per day. For such roads, this course discusses how to produce safe, cost effective, environmentally friendly, and practical designs that 1) meet the needs of the users; 2) protect water quality and reduce sediment loading into water bodies; 3) avoid conflicts with land use; 4) protect sensitive areas and reduce ecosystem impacts; 5) maintain natural channels, natural stream flow, and maintain passage for aquatic organisms; 6) minimize ground and drainage channel disturbance; 7) control surface water on the road and stabilize the roadbed driving surface; 8) control erosion and protect exposed soil areas; 9) implement needed slope stabilization measures and reduce mass wasting; avoid problematic areas; and 10) stormproof and extend the useful life of the road.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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