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Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, in collaboration with other administrations and institutions, has organized the 4th International Symposium on Highway Geometric Design.  This Symposium took place in Valencia from June 2nd to June 5th, 2010, sponsored by Transportation Research Board (TRB), the most important world transport institution.

The 4th International Symposium was built upon the success of the 1st Symposium in Boston, Massachusetts, USA (1995), the 2nd Symposium in Mainz, Germany (2000), and the 3rd Symposium in Chicago, Illinois, USA (2005). These meetings were attended by participants representing 35 countries.  The symposia proved that design practitioners, policy makers and researchers worldwide faced similar issues and that they could learn much by sharing their challenges and successes with concerned colleagues.

The aim of the Symposium was to stimulate the continuous improvement in different areas of highway geometric design.  It focused on the latest investigation lines, normative and innovative practices related to highway engineering in their different life phases, being operational effects and safe highway design the main topics.

The format of the Symposium was: plenary sessions on geometric design issues throughout the world, with podium and poster sessions; country reports featuring recent development in geometric design, policy and practice; technical exhibit of software, design projects and research products and two technical tours of local highway design and construction practices.

During the Symposium celebration, a Technical and Commercial Exhibition took place, where institutions and companies showed to the assistants their new methods, solutions, projects, technologies and products.  This exhibition was celebrated from 4 pm June, 2nd to 2 pm June, 4th. It took place beside the auditorium and the parallels rooms.

In conjunction with the Symposium there were some interesting technical activities that participants could choose to attend independently: “1st International Seminar on the New U.S. Highway Safety Manual” (June 1st) and three workshops (June 2nd during the morning): “Workshop on New Directions in Road Safety Modeling”, “Joint American – European Workshop on Engineering Applications of Visualization” and “Workshop on Managed Motorways – A Way Forward for the Future”.


Douglas W. Harwood, PE
Chairman of the Symposium Steering Committee
Midwest Research Institute, USA


Prof. Alfredo García
Co-Chairman of the Symposium Steering Committee
Departamento de Transportes, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain

4th International Symposium on Highway Geometric Design

June 2nd-5th 2010 Valencia, Spain