Special Issue "Sustainable Management of Transportation Infrastructure Projects"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Transportation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2023.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Marinella Silvana Giunta
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Department of Civil, Energy, Environmental and Material Engineering, University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria, via Graziella Feo di Vito, 89100 Reggio Calabria, Italy
Interests: road, railways and airport infrastructures; road pavements; road materials, rail truck, recycling, sustainability in road and railroad construction; life cycle assessment; life cycle cost

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Transportation infrastructure projects have a relevant impact on social and economic growth but involve considerable land use, long-term investment, and a massive amount of resources during construction. They also produce significant environmental impacts in their life span due to service, maintenance, rehabilitation, and dismantling. Moving towards sustainability is a social challenge, and therefore designing, building, and managing transportation infrastructures sustainably is an unavoidable imperative for scientists and practitioners.

This Special Issue aims to gather manuscripts relating to the broad topic of the sustainable management of transport infrastructure projects in order to outline the current state of theory and practice on social economic and environmental assessment of transportation infrastructure projects, sustainable materials, lower-energy-consuming technologies, construction and maintenance processes, life cycle assessment, life cycle costs, advanced technologies, and methods for environmental impact assessment, smart mobility, and sustainable mobility.

Dr. Marinella Silvana Giunta
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • sustainable materials
  • sustainable construction
  • sustainable transport policies
  • social sustainability
  • economical sustainability
  • alternative materials
  • recycling
  • energy efficient technologies
  • monitoring
  • life cycle assessment
  • environmental impact assessment
  • life cycle costs assessment
  • circular economy
  • smart mobility

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Assessment of the Impact of CO, NOx and PM10 on Air Quality during Road Construction and Operation Phases
Sustainability 2020, 12(24), 10549; https://doi.org/10.3390/su122410549 - 17 Dec 2020
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The road sector is one of the main sources of air emissions in the atmosphere during both construction and operation. The objective of the present paper is a comprehensive evaluation of the impact on air quality during the two main phases of life [...] Read more.
The road sector is one of the main sources of air emissions in the atmosphere during both construction and operation. The objective of the present paper is a comprehensive evaluation of the impact on air quality during the two main phases of life cycle of roads. In this case study of a motorway project, the emissions of the primary pollutants, CO, NOx, and PM10 are estimated, and the results showed that (i) CO and NOx pollutants released during both phases are comparable, while the emissions of PM10 are more significant in the construction phase; (ii) 85% of PM10 in construction is due to storage, transit on unpaved road, and crushing; (iii) the portals of the tunnel are the sites where there are higher concentrations of pollutants in operation; and (iv) the CO concentrations estimated by the dispersion model are strongly influenced by the topography. Full article
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