Integrated Management of Roads and Roadsides: Long-term Research Framework for Road Effect Zones in California

Roads and road networks have environmental impacts that vary in type and degree based on the physical properties of the roadway, the activities associated with the road, and the sensitivity of the local environment. The local environment affected by the road surface and traffic has been termed the "road effect zone". Although there is a rapidly growing literature on specific environmental impacts within this zone (storm-water runoff effects, biological invasions, noise, wildlife barriers), there have been few tests of the extent of the road effect zone, how various impacts are interrelated, and how these impacts could be minimized through pavement and roadside management activities. The objectives of the proposal are: 1) To develop a long-term integrated experimental site at the newly-established University of California, Davis Advanced Transportation Infrastructure Research Center, and 2) To establish a modeling framework for future research on the road effect zone, with special emphasis on defining parameters of relevance for California road systems, but with methodologically broader applicability.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $58031.00
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      California Department of Transportation

      1227 O Street
      Sacramento, CA  United States  95843
    • Principal Investigators:

      Berry, Alison

    • Start Date: 20071001
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20110930
    • Source Data: RiP Project 15022

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01464785
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: University of California Transportation Center/Institute of Transportation Studies
    • Contract Numbers: R02-1
    • Files: UTC, RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:49PM