This Guide was developed to provide the counties of South Dakota with an established, uniform set of guidelines for the design, maintenance, and rehabilitation of rural roads. The guidelines address items such as roadway geometry (horizontal and vertical), typical roadway surface types, roadway surface design and repair, subgrade soils, and trench backfilling. The geometric-related guidelines are adapted from the South Dakota Department of Transportation's "Secondary & Off-System Road Plan" and the 1990 American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) manual, "A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets". The geometry guidelines address design speed, roadway width, vertical grades, stopping sight distance, curvature, cross slope, superelevation, right-of-way (ROW) width, vertical clearance, and ditch slopes. The roadway surface-related guidelines pertain to the design, maintenance, and rehabilitation of the four types of roadway surfaces typically constructed on South Dakota's rural roads--gravel, blotter (chip seal), asphalt concrete, and portland cement concrete. The guidelines describe the primary design and performance characteristics of each surface type, provide design thicknesses, identify various repair techniques, and discuss the applicability of each technique. In addition, guidelines for the inspection and testing of materials and construction activities are discussed.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This Guide is part of a three-document series. The other two documents are "Rural Road Condition Survey Guide" (SD95-16-G1) and "Rural Road Management Guide" (SD95-16-G3).
  • Corporate Authors:

    ERES Consultants, Incorporated

    505 West University Avenue
    Champaign, IL  United States  61820-3915

    South Dakota Department of Transportation

    Office of Research
    700 East Broadway Avenue
    Pierre, SD  United States  57501-2586
  • Authors:
    • Beckemeyer, C A
    • McPeak, T J
  • Publication Date: 1995-9-22


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 90 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00725646
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SD95-16-G2
  • Contract Numbers: 310348
  • Created Date: Sep 24 1996 12:00AM