Transportation of Radioactive Materials Routing Analysis: The Nevada Experience

by Maria V. Ardila-Coulson, Univ of Nevada, Reno, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1991


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: Route preferences | Radioactive materials | Hazardous materials | Routing (transportation) | Transportation studies | Radioactive wastes | Computer models | Traffic safety | Nevada | United States

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