This eLearning lesson on “Environmental Issues on Low Volume Roads” was produced for the ROADEX IV project. The ROADEX IV project, “ROADEX Implementing Accessibility”, is a technical trans-national cooperation project between The Highland Council, Forestry Commission Scotland and the Western Isles Council from Scotland, The Northern Region of The Norwegian Public Roads Administration, The Northern Region of The Swedish Transport Administration and the Swedish Forest Agency, The Centre of Economic Development, Transport and the Environment of Finland, The Government of Greenland, The Icelandic Road Administration, and The National Roads Authority and The Department of Transport of Ireland. The lead partner in the project is The Northern Region of The Swedish Transport Administration and the main project consultant is Roadscanners Oy from Finland.

The goal for the lesson was to bring together the main environmental considerations and good practices for the management of low volume roads across the Northern Periphery as guidance for the Partners in their everyday work. The lesson is based on the ROADEX II reports “Environmental Guidelines” and “Environmental Guidelines – Pocket Book” written by Johan Ullberg, supplemented with up-to-date information gathered by the authors during discussions with roads administrations and experts across the Northern Periphery area.

The main production team for the lesson was Annele Matintupa and Timo Saarenketo of Roadscanners Oy, and Johan Ullberg of the Swedish Transport Administration. Mika Pyhähuhta of Laboratorio Uleaborg was responsible for the artistic design and production. Apologies are given to any persons we have failed to acknowledge in the list.

The production team would like to give warm thanks to all the people that have been involved with the eLearning production. They would like to also thank the ROADEX Steering committee, chaired by Mr. Per-Mats Öhberg, for all the support we have been given for the design and production of this eLearning lesson. Their encouragement and enthusiasm has been a constant driving force.

A number of excellent reference publications are mentioned in this eLearning package to provide more thorough understanding about the theories related to environmental considerations. Authors are recommending the following book to read to get more detailed theory about the subject of “Environmental considerations of low volume roads ” :

“Dawson Andrew 2009. Water in Road Structures, Movement, Drainage & Effects. Springer Science+Business Media B.V. ISBN 978-1-4020-8561-1.”

Finally a special thanks to all of the personnel in the EU Northern Periphery Programme Secretariat and Regional Advisory Groups for the help and support that they have given to the four ROADEX projects over the last 12 years.

Annele Matintupa
Timo Saarenketo
Johan Ullberg
Mika Pyhähuhta