Restricted Crossing U-Turn Intersection

Today's transportation professionals, with limited resources available to them, are challenged to meet the mobility needs of an increasing population. At many highway junctions, congestion continues to worsen, and drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists experience increasing delays and heightened exposure to risk. Today's traffic volumes and travel demands often lead to safety problems that are too complex for conventional junction designs to properly handle. Consequently, more engineers are considering various innovative treatments as they seek solutions to these complex problems. The corresponding report, Alternative Intersections/Interchanges: Informational Report (AIIR) (FHWA-HRT-09-060), covers four intersection designs and two interchange designs. These designs offer substantial advantages over conventional at-grade intersections and grade-separated diamond interchanges. The AIIR provides information on each alternative treatment and covers salient geometric design features, operational and safety issues, access management, costs, construction sequencing, and applicability. This TechBrief summarizes information on one alternative intersection design-the restricted crossing U-turn (RCUT) intersection. The RCUT, also referred to as the superstreet intersection or J-turn intersection, is characterized by the prohibition of left-turn and through movements from side street approaches as permitted in conventional designs. Instead, the RCUT intersection accommodates these movements by requiring drivers to turn right onto the main road and then make a U-turn maneuver at a one-way median opening 400 to 1,000 ft after the intersection. Left turns from the main road approaches are executed in a manner similar to left turns at conventional intersections and are unchanged in this design. Left-turn movements from the major road could also be removed at primarily rural unsignalized RCUT designs.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 4p
  • Serial:
    • TechBrief
    • Publisher: Federal Highway Administration
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    Open Access (libre)

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01149567
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-HRT-09-059
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 13 2010 1:25PM