SHOULDERS AND DRAINAGE: IMPORTANCE OF MAINTENANCE ON TOWN HIGHWAYS

A GOOD SHOULDER ON ANY HIGHWAY: CONCRETE, BLACKTOP OR GRAVEL; IS FLUSH WITH THE PAVEMENT; SLOPED AWAY FROM THE PAVEMENT WITH ENOUGH SLOPE SO THAT THE WATER RUNS OFF FAST; IT IS FIRM ENOUGH TO SUPPORT A VEHICLE, SMOOTH ENOUGH SO THAT A VEHICLE CAN BE CONTROLLED AT REDUCED SPEEDS AND TIGHT ENOUGH SO THAT THE WATER RUNS ACROSS IT INSTEAD OF RUNNING DOWN THROUGH IT. AN ANNUAL PASS WITH A GRADER KEEPS MOST SHOULDERS IN GOOD SHAPE AND IT CAN BE DONE AT A FAIRLY FAST RATE; IT IS A MUCH BIGGER PROJECT IF DONE EVERY THREE TO FOUR YEARS AS THERE IS OFTEN AN EXCESS OF MATERIAL THAT MUST BE REMOVED BY LOADER AND TRUCK, OR LOW SPOTS THAT MUST BE FILLED. THE IDEAL ROADWAY CROSS-SECTION FOR MOST OF NEW YORK STATE IS ON A FOUR FOOT HIGH EMBANKMENT WITH FLAT SIDESLOPES. CONSIDER INTERNAL DRAINAGE WHEN SELECTING THE MATERIALS OF CONSTRUCTION, AND KNOW THE LIMITATIONS OF THE VARIOUS SOIL STABILIZING AGENTS. /AUTHOR/

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    Highway Topics

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  • Authors:
    • Briggs, G M
  • Publication Date: 1972-4

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 1-4
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 31
    • Issue Number: 4

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00203629
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 5 1972 12:00AM