Using the Traffic Monitoring Guide to Develop a Truck Weight Sampling Procedure for Use in Virginia: Final Report

Report No: 92-R17

Published in 1992

About the report:

The Traffic Monitoring Guide (TMG) provides a method for the development of a statistically based procedure to monitor traffic characteristics such as traffic loadings. Truck weight data in particular are a major element of the pavement management process because there is a strong relationship between pavement deterioration and truck weights. Because truck weight data collected by weigh-in-motion (WIM) systems are more representative of actual traffic loadings and are more efficient than enforcement and static weight data, the use of the TMG and WIM systems together provide improved monitoring of truck weights. The objective of this research was to develop a plan for VDOT to implement a truck weight sampling procedure using the TMG and WIM systems. Four alternatives from the TMG that were based on different schemes for multiple measurements at permanent WIM sites were evaluated. A truck weight sampling plan was developed for the preferred alternative. Truck weight sample sites, data collection procedures, cost and resources estimates, data from permanent WIM sites, and data management information are included in the plan.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.

Last updated: December 25, 2023

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