Transportation of Radioactive Materials Routing Analysis: The Nevada Experienceby Maria V. Ardila-Coulson, Univ of Nevada, Reno, United States,
Abstract: In 1987, the Nevada State Legislature passed a Bill requiring the Nevada Department of Transportation to develop and enforce a plan for highway routing of highway route controlled quantity shipments of radioactive materials and high-level radioactive waste. A large network with all the major highways in Nevada was created and used in a computer model developed by Sandia National Laboratories. Twenty-eight highway parameters that included geometrics, traffic characterisics, environment and special facilities were collected. Alternative routes were identified by minimizing primary parameters (population density and accident rates). An analysis using the U.S. DOT Guidelines was performed to identify a preferred route from the alternative routes.
Subject Headings: Routing (transportation) | Radioactive materials | Hazardous materials | Highways and roads | Transportation studies | Radioactive wastes | Route preferences | Computer models | Nevada | North America | United States
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