IMPROVING THE TRAFFIC OPERATIONS AND SAFETY OF RAMPS AND SPEED CHANGE LANES--A REVIEW OF STATE DESIGN PRACTICES

This interim report presents the results of a review of ten selected state highway design manuals, discussions with state design and traffic operation engineers and a literature review with specific attention given to ramp and speed change lane criteria. For comparison, additional documents from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and Canada were reviewed. A summary of the review and analysis of the manuals is provided along with a detailed discussion of selected design parameters of ramps and speed change lanes. The review determined that the manner in which individual design elements are fitted together can be improved provided that a complete section of roadway (e.g. a ramp) be designed to insure that a proper smooth speed transition (SST) exists. This can be done by studying a proposed design from beginning to end and recording the speed transitions expected. (FHWA)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Baker (Michael), Jr, Incorporated

    4301 Dutch Ridge Road
    Beaver, PA  United States  15009

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Baker Jr, M
  • Publication Date: 1980-9

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 43 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00331734
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-RD-79-127 Intrm Rpt., HS-031 131, FCP 31J4-022
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FH-11-9183
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1983 12:00AM