THE RELATIONSHIP OF VEHICLE PATHS TO HIGHWAY CURVE DESIGN

CURRENT DESIGN PRACTICE FOR HORIZONTAL CURVES ASSUMES THAT VEHICLES FOLLOW THE PATH OF TE HIGHWAY CURVE WITH GEOMETRIC EXACTNESS. TO EXAMINE THE ADEQUACY OF THIS ASSUMPTION, PHOTOGRAPHIC FIELD STUDIES WERE CONDUCTED OF VEHICLE MANEUVERS ON HIGHWAY CURVES. RESULTS OF THE FIELD STUDIES INDICATE THAT MOST VEHICLE PATHS, REGARDLESS OF SPEED, EXCEED THE DEGREE OF HIGHWAY CURVE AT SOME POINT ON THE CURVE. FOR EXAMPLE, ON A 3-DEGREE HIGHWAY CURVE, 10 PERCENT OF THE VEHICLES CAN BE EXPECTED TO EXCEED 4.3 DEGREES. A NEW DESIGN APPROACH IS PROPOSED. THIS APPROACH IS DEPENDENT UPON SELECTING: (1) AN APPROPRIATE VEHICLE PATH PERCENTILE RELATION, (2) A REASONABLE SAFETY MARGIN TO ACCOUNT FOR UNEXPLAINED VARIABLES THAT MAY EITHER RAISE THE LATERAL FORCE DEMAND OR LOWER THE AVAILABLE SKID RESISTANCE, AND (3) A MINIMUM SKID RESISTANCE VERSUS SPEED RELATIONSHIP TO BE PROVIDED BY THE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT ON ALL PAVEMENTS. /HSRI/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • PROJECT NO 2-8-68-134
  • Corporate Authors:

    Texas Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System, 1600 E Lamar Boulevard
    Arlington, TX  USA  76011
  • Authors:
    • Glennon, J C
    • Weaver, G D
  • Publication Date: 1971-5

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 80 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00221791
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No 134-5
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 16 1973 12:00AM