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Announcement and Call for Papers: Seventh International Conference on Low-Volume Roads

Conference Information

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) will organize and conduct the Seventh International Conference on Low-Volume Roads at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge from May 23 through 27, 1999. According to the conference announcement, the event "will provide a forum for engineers, planners, administrators, and researchers to present and exchange technical information on the planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and administration of low-volume roads and road systems." This will be a self-supporting conference with a registration fee of approximately $225.

Previous low-volume road conferences took place in 1975, 1979, 1983, 1987, 1991, and 1995. Each focused on issues related to unsurfaced and lightly surfaced low- volume roads, "the essential first link in the transportation chain that brings the products of farm, forest and mine to market." The conferences help meet the need for increased research attention to these vital roadways.

To get on the mailing list for complete information on registration and accommodations (to be mailed in January of 1999), write to:

Seventh International Conference on Low-Volume Roads
Transportation Research Board
National Research Council
2101 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20418

Call for Papers

TRB and the conference steering committee invite interested persons to submit a written synopsis describing their proposal for a conference paper or poster. The synopsis should not be longer than two typewritten pages and must be submitted to the address above by September 15, 1997. The committee will complete the selection process by October 31, 1997. Those invited to submit final draft copies of papers or posters must do so by April 1, 1998.

All subjects related to low-volume roads and streets are welcome. This conference will emphasize low-volume roads in wet tropical regions; therefore, papers or posters on this topic are encouraged. Suggested areas include:

  • Planning, administration, management, economics, financing, electronic record keeping, selection of strategies, expert systems, and management issues related to small highway departments;
  • Physical aspects of low-volume roads, including traditional and innovative materials, pavements, drainage, bridges, culverts, other design features, and infrastructure maintenance, including thin concrete overlays, seal coats, etc., particularly (but not exclusively) under wet tropical conditions;
  • Appropriate environmental aspects of low-volume roads;
  • Appropriate performance standards, quality control, evaluation, and management systems for low-volume roads;
  • Improved alternative methodologies for communications and technology transfer related to low-volume roads;
  • Use of waste/recyclable materials for low-volume road construction and improvements;
  • Rural transportation, including alternative modes of public transit/paratransit, bikeways, pedestrian ways, and horse paths;
  • Tourism/recreation and economic development issues associated with low-volume roads;
  • Safety related aspects, risk management and liability issues, retroreflectivity, line marking and signing for low-volume roads;
  • Microcomputer applications appropriate to any or all of the above suggested areas of interest pertaining to low-volume roads; and
  • Food security, drought proofing, and mitigation/prevention of natural disasters.

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