Improving Rural Roadway Services in Saskatchewan: A Network Design Approach

Paul Christensen

Ph.D. student, College of Engeneering

University of Saskatchewan

Rural road networks in Saskatchewan are suffering rapid deterioration due changes in the grain handling and transportation system. Larger grain trucks are traveling longer distances across roadways originally designed to support local trips in cars and light trucks. To improve rural roadway services, Saskatchewan Department of Highways and Transportation is considering both structural improvements and truck haul policy options. The question is: under existing budget constraints, what constitutes a relatively "good" allocation of road structure improvements and policy options for any predefined rural road network?

To address this question, economic criteria are applied within a modified network design model. Custom heuristics are then used to determine a relatively "good" allocation of road structure improvements and policy options for a real-world rural road network in east-central Saskatchewan.

 

Feb. 6, 2003

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For more information contact:

Kent Kostuk 244-3295 k.kostuk@fcl.ca

Winfried Grassmann 966-4898 grassman@cs.usask.ca