This Design Guide (Part 1) is based upon the findings of research work commissioned by the County Surveyors' Society and the Operations Support Division of the Highways Agency and provides a practical field guide for engineers involved in new footway construction. The guide covers footways constructed from common materials and subject to a range of pedestrian traffic and some overrun by vehicular traffic. Cycleways are also considered as these are frequently shared footways. Research has shown that designs are required for three categories of footway, the appropriate category being chosen according to the risk and type of vehicle overrun and on the level of pedestrian usage. Guidance is given on selecting the most appropriate category and investigating the strength of the subgrade where a footway may be subject to vehicle overrun. The basic geometrical requirements are outlined and drainage, works by statutory undertaken and environmental factors are discussed. Recommended construction thicknesses are given for each category of footway. These may vary with the wearing course material and bituminous materials, concrete or clay pavers, precast concrete flags and in-situ concrete are considered. Information is provided on construction details, including edge restraint, material specifications, compaction and skidding resistance requirements, tolerances and testing. Worked examples are included and a "notes for guidance" section provides additional information. Part 2 of the Guide which covers the maintenance of footways is in preparation and is due to be published in 1997. (A)

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    Crowthorne House, Nine Mile Ride
    Wokingham, Berkshire  United Kingdom  RG40 3GA
  • Publication Date: 1996


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00731818
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Feb 27 1997 12:00AM