Highway-Railway At-Grade Crossing Structures: Optimum Design/Installation Practices and Management Program - An Overview

Replacing and rehabilitating highway-railway at-grade crossings represent major track maintenance expenses for the U.S. highway governmental agencies and railroad industry. The ideal crossing system is one that will maintain a smooth surface and stable highway/trackbed for a long period of time minimizing costly and inconvenient disruptions to highway and rail traffic. This report describes the consensus goals for, and the development of, a cooperative, fast-track crossing renewal system for an ideal highway-railway crossing management program. The performance-based process utilizes premium structural materials and construction techniques to provide long-term, cost effective, smooth, and safe crossings. Specifically stressed is the desirability of using a high-modulus, waterproofing, structural layer composed of hot-mix asphalt. Detailed descriptions are provided for several representative projects. These include typical installation processes, installation time studies, photographic documentation, and cost/economic evaluations. References are provided for Performance Measures that are documented in succeeding reports emanating from this project. These include 1) Trackbed and Surface Pressure Measurements, 2) Long-Term Settlement Measurements, 3) Rideability Measurements, and 4) Interfacial Surface Pressure Measurements.

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  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Kentucky, Lexington

    Kentucky Transportation Center
    College of Engineering, 176 Raymond Building
    Lexington, KY  United States  40506-0281

    Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

    200 Mero Street
    Frankfort, KY  United States  40622

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Rose, Jerry G
  • Publication Date: 2009-5


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 130p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01153266
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: KTC-09-04/FR 136-04-1F
  • Contract Numbers: FRT 136
  • Created Date: Mar 26 2010 12:17PM