Saturday, August 20, 2016

Highway Construction & Engineering

Highway construction and engineering includes planning, designing, and building of highways. History stands witness that good roads lead to prosperity for distant societies. If a road is well planned and then executed according to the plan, a highway can open the gates of growth and development.


Highways connect two or more places and ensure that industries, employment, and development follow. Bridges, traffic lights, pavements, bike paths, and lane dividers make up a safe highway. Modern highways are known for their high capacity, efficiency, and planned construction. Highway networks are very important for the growth of a region. Highways open new trade routes and almost every industrial region in the world is connected to the major highway network system of that particular country.

The topics collected in this guide will help you understand much of the terminology and theory of modern day highway engineering and construction. By using the links in the following sections, we will learn about different aspects of highway construction, design, and planning. We begin with the history of highway construction and the major changes highway construction has undergone up to this point.


History of Highways - From Dirt Tracks to Highway Bridges

Animals trails and dirt tracks were the first ever roads that human beings used to travel from one place to another. Icknield Way in England, Harrappan Roads in India, and Apian Way in Rome are examples of ancient roads, and their traces can still be seen. Gradually, human beings started moving out and the condition of roads also improved with time. Today we have highway bridges as high as 245 meters from the ground level.

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