Ideas for Australia from the new Israeli highway geometric design policy

Highlights of the new Israeli geometric design policy and controls for rural (interurban) highways and urban freeways are outlined. The major objective of these design controls was to establish uniform rules and determine design values that would function as guidelines but not as mandatory regulations. The recommended design controls did not intend to limit the engineering view of thinking, but they do provide a desirable framework in which to present design options and enable the highway engineer to cope with non-conventional situations during the design process. The paper’s introduction documents the objectives of the design controls. Its major part gives an overview of recently selected developments in design policy, highway classification and cross section, safety considerations, and sight distance. Potential ideas and improvements which can be taken into consideration in Australian highway design guidelines are: target speed vs. design speed concept, characteristics of highway category based on design speed, cross section, and LOS for design, 1+1 intermediate cross section, passing lanes, Level of Service criteria for widening two lane highway to divided multilane highway, and implementation of sight distance design policy.

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  • Accession Number: 01643875
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 21 2017 11:41AM