This guide provides guidance for the design of horizontal curves on new highway sections and for the reconstruction and upgrading of existing curves on two-lane rural roads. Information is also provided in this guide for computing the expected benefits and costs for a variety of curve improvements, such as curve flattening, roadway widening, providing spiral transitions to curves, improving superelevation, sideslope flattening, and other roadside improvements. Thus, this guide should be useful to highway designers and safety officials responsible for the design of 3R projects, improvements to high-hazard locations, and highway reconstruction as it relates to horizontal curves. The accident relationships and basic project cost data contained in this guide resulted from research conducted for the Federal Highway Administration. FHWA research report FHWA-RD-90-021, entitled "Cost Effective Geometric Improvements for Safety Upgrading of Horizontal Curves, Volume I, Final Report" (TRIS 603210), contains the major results and conclusions of the study.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    Highway Safety Research Center
    Chapel Hill, NC  United States  27599

    Federal Highway Administration

    Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, 6300 Georgetown Pike
    McLean, VA  United States  22101
  • Authors:
    • Zegeer, C
    • Reinfurt, D
    • Neuman, T
    • Stewart, R
    • Council, F
  • Publication Date: 1991-10

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 99 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00616582
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-RD-90-074, NCP 3A5A0083
  • Contract Numbers: DTFH61-86-C-00041
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1991 12:00AM