Course code BūvZ3107

Credit points 1

Roads and Bridges I

Total Hours in Course40

Number of hours for lectures16

Independent study hours24

Date of course confirmation10.03.2021

Responsible UnitDepartment of Structural Engineering

Course developers


Arturs Gaurilka

Mg. sc. ing.

author Būvkonstrukciju katedra

Guntis Andersons

Dr. sc. ing.

Prior knowledge

BūvZ3105, Soil Mechanics and Foundations II

Course abstract

The course introduces students to general knowledge on motor roads, parking places and bridges including design, construction and operation.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge: general knowledge on motor roads, skid resistance of road coverings, specifications for construction materials designed for roads and bridges and knowledge on engineering structures. Skills: Familiarity with the technical literature of roads and road engineering structures and the regulatory documents of road design. Competence: ability for analysis of technical designs of motor roads and parking places in order to make a good choice of type of structure and materials. Test.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. A general description of motor roads and their classification.(1h)
2. The movement of vehicles. Vehicle stopping distance. (1h)
3. Transverse profile of roads and their elements. Road surface.(1h)
4. The arrangement of a road in a plan. Curves in the plan. Distance of visibility. (1h)
5. Banking. The widening of roads in curves. Track transition curve. (1h)
6. Longitudinal profile of roads. Road vertical curves. Motor road junctions. (1h)
7. Earth roadbed. The characteristics of soils. Hydrothermal regime of earth roadbed (1h)
8. The persistence of earth roadbed and slopes. 1st test: on the topics from 1st to 7th lessons.(1h)
9. Water discharge from road. Road ditches and drainage.(1h)
10. Motor road surfacing. The classification and construction of surfacing.(1h)
11. Motor road facilities. Parking place. (1h)
12. Artificial structures for overpassing local obstacles and their classification. Bridges.(1h)
13. Basic parameters and structures of bridges.(1h)
14. Culverts and their structures. (1h)
15. The construction and maintenance of motor roads.(1h)
16. The environmental impact of roads. 2nd test: on the topics from 8th-15th lessons.(1h)

Requirements for awarding credit points

Two tests and oral examination are passed.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Study of literature, preparation for oral examination and tests.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The knowledge and skills shown on oral examination and tests.

Compulsory reading

1. Naudžuns J. Autoceļu projektēšana. Trases plāna, garenprofila un ceļa klātnes izveidojums. Rīga, 2006. Pieejams:
2. Wright P. H. Highway engineering. 6th ed. New York etc.: John Wiley & Sons, cop. 1996. 680 p.
3. Славуцкий А.К., Носов В.П. Сельскохозяйственные дороги и площадки: Учебник для вузов. Москва: Агропромиздат, 1984. 446 c.
4. Zariņš A., Naudžuns J. Autoceļu projektēšanas pamatkurss. Metodisks materiāls. Rīga, 2007. 119 lpp.

Further reading

1. Drēska A. Meža autoceļi. Jelgava, 2014. 121 lpp. [skatīts 06.04.2018.] Pieejams: 2. Middleton, Campbell. Bridge monitoring: a practical guide/ C.R. Middleton, P.R.A. Fidler, P.J. Vardanega.- London: ICE Publishing, [2016], 120 lpp. 3. Andersons G., Siņajeva R. Autoceļu projektēšana: palīglīdzeklis studentiem. Jelgava: LLU, 2000. 31 lpp.

Periodicals and other sources

1. LVS 190-1:2000. Ceļu projektēšanas noteikumi. 1.daļa: Ceļa trase. 2. LVS 190-2:2007/A2:2013 LV. Ceļu projektēšanas noteikumi. Normālprofili. 3. LVS 190-3:2012 LV Ceļu projektēšanas noteikumi. 3. daļa: Vienlīmeņa ceļu mezgli. 4. LVS 190-5: 2011. Ceļu projektēšanas noteikumi. 5. daļa: Zemes klātne.


Compulsory Course in Professional Bachelor’s study programme “Civil Engineering”