The Karnataka State Highways Improvement Project involves 1,964 kilometers
of state highways in a mountainous region of India. The $1.13 billion project
will upgrade the highways to a two-lane standard with a general speed of
100 kilometers per hour. The primary goal is to derive economic benefits by
reducing travel time and vehicle operating expenses, enhancing road safety,
and mitigating the environmental impact.
MXROAD optimization techniques enabled road alignment refinements in
steep, sidelong terrain and ensured that design updates were reflected in final
drawings and outputs. Three-dimensional visualization facilitated designing
curves and elevations. Efficient structural designs were done using STAAD.Pro
with outputs in formats suitable for design reports.
Re-Engineering Designs of NH68
National Highway 68, located entirely within the state of Tamil Nadu, India, is
being upgraded to a four-lane divided highway at an expected cost of $98.3
million. URS/Scott Wilson had eight months to deliver detailed designs and
working drawings for 62.5 kilometers of four-lane highway, 42.3 kilometers of
two-lane service roads, and 179 structures including culverts and bridges.
MXROAD and S TAAD.Pro provided the flexibility needed to develop input
files and generate drawings in the detailed presentation form that the client
required. MXROAD was used to develop options that minimized additional land
acquisition, eliminated the need to cut and resurface nearly 4.5 kilometers of
existing road, and reduced the number of changes required during construction.