BICYCLE-SAFE GRATE INLETS STUDY. VOLUME 1. HYDRAULIC AND SAFETY CHARACTERISTICS OF SELECTED GRATE INLETS ON CONTINUOUS GRADES

Eleven drain inlet grates were tested to evaluate their safety characteristics for bicycle as well as pedestrian traffic. Four of the grates that rated highest were selected for hydraulic testing. Three other grates with designs and bar spacings similar to grates proven safe were also selected for hydraulic testing. Test results show that two of the grate designs (a cast and a steel fabricated grate) are nearly as hydraulically efficient as the parallel bar grate and considerably more efficient than the other grate designs tested. One other design (a steel fabricated grate) shows high hydraulic efficiencies at longitudinal slopes up to 6 percent. These three grate designs are recommended for additional testing. A grate's ability to handle debris without clogging was shown to be most dependent on the spacing of its longitudinal bars.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Bureau of Reclamation

    Denver Federal Center
    Denver, CO  United States  80225

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Burgi, P H
    • Gober, D E
  • Publication Date: 1977-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: 288 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00168926
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-RD-77- 24 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: PO-5-3-0166
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 13 1978 12:00AM