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Traffic and Highway Engineering

 Traffic and Highway Engineering

Traffic and Highway Engineering



The purpose of Traffic and Highway Engineering, Enhanced Fifth Edition, SI Edition is to serve as a resource textbook for students in engineering programs where courses in transportation, highway, or traffic engineering are offered. In most cases, these courses are usually taught in the third or fourth year but may also be covered at the graduate level.
Another purpose of this book is to serve as a reference for transportation engineers who are in practice or are preparing for a professional engineering examination. The initial motivation for writing this textbook, which was first published in 1988, was many years of teaching highway and traffic engineering using textbooks that were primarily descriptive and lacked examples that illustrated the concepts presented. We also noted that none were comprehensive in dealing with all aspects of the subject and that some were written with transportation engineering titles but lacked specific focus.

We also saw the need to demonstrate the challenges of the field and to explain the solid quantitative foundations that underlie the practice of transportation engineering. We wanted to select a mode that is ubiquitous and of worldwide application and one that students had contact with on a daily basis. Accordingly, we decided to focus on motor vehicle transportation and the highways that are an essential partner for this mode to exist. Our experience and instincts proved correct as the book became known and widely used.
The objectives of this textbook are:
(1) To be a Contemporary and complete text in highway and traffic engineering that can be used both at the undergraduate and at the graduate level for courses that emphasize highway and traffic engineering topics and
(2) To serve as a reference for engineers in the highway and traffic field and as a study guide for use in preparing for the professional engineering license exam, review courses, and preparation for graduate comprehensive exams in transportation engineering.
The Fourth Edition of this textbook was published in 2009 and in the ensuing years there have been significant changes to the highway transportation literature that mandated a major revision. Professors from transportation programs at twenty-one major universities reviewed various editions of the book and their comments and suggestions have been incorporated into the Enhanced Fifth Edition.

The book is appropriate for a transportation curriculum or as an introductory transportation course because it provides an opportunity to present material that is not only useful to engineering students who may pursue careers in or related to transportation engineering, but is also interesting and challenging to those who intend to work in other areas. Furthermore, this book can serve as a reference for practicing transportation engineers and for use by students in graduate courses. Thus, the textbook Provides a way for students to get into the area of transportation engineering, develop a feel for what it is about, and thereby experience the challenges of the profession

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