Road network improvement and maintenance strategy for the Port of Burnie

Martin, James (2017) Road network improvement and maintenance strategy for the Port of Burnie. [USQ Project]


The Port of Burnie on the north-west coast of Tasmania is the state’s largest general cargo port and subsequently the ports road network is an import link in the freight supply chain between Tasmania and interstate and overseas markets. With the prospect of growth in commodities such as containers and forestry products in the near future, it is expected that further pressure will be placed on the port roads. The traffic movements and volumes on the ports road network were not well understood with no previous traffic studies conducted within the port which this dissertation has aimed to address.

A traffic study was undertaken in the form of a manual turning movement count at the port roundabout which provided data on the volumes and classifications of vehicles using the port road network including the commodities carried by freight vehicles. Further counts were conducted on the traffic at the ports weighbridge with turning movements entering the facility determined and 15 minutes counts to quantify the point at which weighbridge became congested blocking adjacent Bollard Drive. A series of options were considered to address congestion issues at the weighbridge from alternate weighing methods to the installation of a second weighbridge. The assessment of options identified the installation of conveyor belt scales for weighing woodchips provide the greatest benefit in reducing congestion by removing the largest users of the port weighbridge.

The existing Bollard Drive Pavement was found to be in adequate for the predicted traffic loadings over the next 20 years though the available data and assumptions made limited the investigation to the reconstruction options for the pavement. A series of pavement designs for Bollard Drive were reviewed to determine the most suitable pavement to be adopted for any reconstruction works.

In line with state roads, the port road network is expected to accommodate a B-Triple design vehicle in the future with the adoption of higher productivity vehicles. The ports roundabout was found to be insufficient to accommodate such vehicles and requires alterations to ensure the compatibility with the state road network.

The recommendations provided in this dissertation would improve the safety of road users and the function and efficiency of the port road network for the main port customers.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Drysdale, Trevor
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2022 02:03
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2022 02:03
Uncontrolled Keywords: road network; Port of Burnie; improvement; maintenance strategy

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