Samer Madanat

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Samer Madanat is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley (madanat@ce.berkeley.edu).

Parking Infrastructure and the Environment

Mikhail Chester, Arpad Horvath, and Samer Madanat

We know surprisingly little about how parking infrastructure affects energy demand, the environment, and the social cost of vehicle travel. Passenger and freight movements are often the focus of energy and environmental assessments, but vehicles spend most of their lives parked. Because abundant free parking encourages solo driving and thus discourages walking, biking, and the use of public transit, it greatly contributes to urban congestion. The environmental impacts of parking and the driving it promotes are often borne by local populations and not the trip-takers themselves.

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2018-02-14T23:49:40+00:00Categories: ACCESS 39, Fall 2011|Tags: , |

The Road Ahead: Managing Pavements

Samer Madanat

A new-laid stretch of pavement is not a finished product. Traffic pounds it; hot sun heats and expands it; water gets inside and washes away the soil beneath. Depending on these forces and the quality of its design and construction, a pavement will last only a limited time before it needs repair or replacement. Because there are so many factors involved, it’s not possible to just schedule a replacement in x number of years. The pavement has to be checked periodically for potholes and cracks and ruts. Visual and manual inspections can be slow, hazardous, and fraught with uncertainty. But that’s the way it’s always been done.

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2017-05-31T21:27:16+00:00Categories: ACCESS 17, Fall 2000|Tags: |