aid for better road design
MAE ANGELICA R. COMOTA
June 11, 2018
CALBAYOG CITY – The
Department of Public Works and Highways -Samar First District
Engineering Office with the Regional Office No. 8 - Road Traffic
Information Applications (RTIA) Coordinator conducted the Annual
Axle Load Survey along Daang Maharlika in Brgy. Cagsalaosao,
Calbayog City. The survey period started from June 3 to 9, 2018.
Axle load is the total
weight transmitted to the road by wheels connected to the axle of a
vehicle. The axle load survey establishes load distribution and
accurate forecast on traffic loading that a road will have to carry
over its entire design life.
Traffic flow in the
above-mentioned road section was normal as the load axle survey uses
a new weighing motion scale allowing loaded trucks to be weighed
without disrupting the motorists using the same road section.
A loaded truck rolls on
the weighing scale while the attached monitor records the truck’s
gross weight and axle load. The survey team also takes note of the
truck’s plate number, number of seats, and load capacity.
The raw data collected
will be submitted to the Regional Office for consolidation. Then,
the consolidated data will be sent to the Central Office to
determine the average axle load. If the average axle load is
determined to be higher than established parameters, the thickness
of the pavement will be revised to accommodate the change in axle
load experience by the road.
Currently, the nationwide
standard of thickness for pavement design is 28 centimeters.
“With Calbayog City’s
recent economic developments, the infrastructure needs to keep up.
This survey comes at an opportune time as it will help us design and
build better roads for the public,” said District Engineer Alvin