The URSA MAJOR neo workshop brought practitioners from four countries (Germany, Italy, Czech Rebublic and the Netherlands) together to discuss current approaches to improving roadworks, as well as future perspectives.
Day 1 presented a couple of presentations of current projects to improve planning and performing roadworks. The aspect of planning mainly addressed the practical alignment of planned roadworks with road operators of the secondary road network. From today’s expectations it is no longer acceptable that parallel roadworks on the main and secondary network at the same time lead to congested alterative routes. The presentations from Autovie Venete, Rijkswaterstaat and the project from Rheinland-Pfalz showed how difficult it is to set up working cooperation between all road authorities. Technically, the option to provide web clients from a single system is a useful approach. In general, the growing importance and impact of roadworks is addressed by the implementation of powerful systems that allow optimal roadwork management and best possible information of drivers. Convincing examples where the presentation of the Nordrhein-Westfalen system and the online demonstration of the Bavarian system. An important aspect of significantly increasing the accuracy of roadworks information (in particular location and timing) was demonstrated by ANAS who use automated devices to online register activation and location of roadwork.
Day 2 opened the view in the future and featured three presentations from Hessen, Autostrade del Brennero and the port of Livorno that all showed deployment of C-ITS technology for warning road users in the scope of roadworks. The Hessen project is already in roll out stage and soon all safety trailers in Hessen will be equipped with C-ITS roadside units. Roadworks are an important field of deploying new technology for future automation features. This became clear in the CEDR presentation that showed how automotive industry and infrastructure operators will cooperate in general – including roadworks – to enable automated driving in the future. This is a future perspective, but the last presentation reported about a CEF application that is trying to start bottom up right now in that direction by promoting projects that digitise traffic regulation in general and make that data available.
The topic of the workshop was hot, and hence the discussion was intensive and the presentations showed up-to-date developments that were of very high interest for all attendants. The results were clear: roadworks is a field of dynamic and important developments, and therefore an URSA MAJOR neo forum like this to meet and share is extremely important and useful.