REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON ROADSIDE DEVELOPMENT

ONE PROMINENT CAUSE OF HIGHWAY ACCIDENTS IS FATIGUE. WELL DESIGNED WAYSIDES OFFER AN IDEAL SOLUTION TO THE FATIGUE PROBLEM. THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS SHOULD BE RECOGNIZED BY DESIGNERS IN ORDER THAT SITES FOR WAYSIDES AND TURNOUTS MAY BE SELECTED AND ACQUIRED IN THE EARLY STAGES OF HIGHWAY LOCATION. WHERE TURF IS DESIRABLE ON SHOULDERS IT MUST NOT BE A MASK FOR SOFT, WET OR OTHERWISE UNSTABLE SOILS. MICHIGAN AND NEW YORK AND A NUMBER OF OTHER STATES ARE MAKING TESTS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF TURF SHOULDERS DESIGNED TO SUPPORT OCCASSIONAL STANDING VEHICLES SAFELY IN ALL WEATHER AND SEASONS OF THE YEAR. THE HAZARDS OF EARTH SLIDES, EROSION OF SLOPES, BLOCKING OF DRAINAGEWAYS, AND INTERFERENCE OF POLE LINES AND TREES STRESS THE NEED FOR MORE LIBERAL RIGHT-OF-WAY WIDTHS AND IMPROVED CROSS SECTION GRADING AND SLOPE PROTECTION MEASURES. THE USE OF MULCHES, INCLUDING ASPHALT, SAWDUST, VARIOUS GRAIN STRAWS AND ROADSIDE MOWINGS CONTAINING MATURE SEED, AND THE VARIOUS METHODS OF HOLDING THESE IN PLACE WILL BE THE SUBJECT OF A PROJECT OUTLINE FOR THE COMING YEAR. IN-SERVICE TRAINING, SHORT COURSES, AND OTHER UNIVERSITY PROGRAMS WILL CONTINUE TO BE ENCOURAGED TO AID IN TRAINING YOUNG ENGINEERS AND TO INFORM THE PUBLIC REGARDING LATEST METHODS USED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF COMPLETE HIGHWAYS. COMPLETE COOPERATION OF HIGHWAY STAFFS IS THE ONLY PATH TO THE COMMON GOAL OF SAFER HIGHWAY SERVICE TO THE PUBLIC. /AUTHOR/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Vol 26, pp 255-258, 3 FIG
  • Authors:
    • Neale, H J
  • Publication Date: 1947

Media Info

  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the Twenty-Sixth Annual Meeting of the Highway Research Board Held at Washington, D.C. December 5-8, 1946
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00204839
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: May 29 1972 12:00AM