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Low Cost Treatments for Horizontal Curve Safety

Vincent D. Reynolds, MBA, PE

Horizontal curves are often encountered when traveling along highways. Due to topographical features horizontal curves are designed with moderate to very extreme radii to avoid obstacles. As a vehicle traverses a horizontal curve, the friction between the tires and the pavement help to keep the car on the road by opposing the centrifugal force.

Due to speed, road conditions and other factors, some vehicles may leave the roadway when driving through a horizontal curve. This course will discuss the low cost treatments that may be applied along horizontal curves. Design characteristics such as speed, and radii will be discussed as well as references to various signs from the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).

This course will provide the reader with the knowledge that will aid in designing horizontal curves as safely and economically as possible. The course materials are based solely on the Transportation Research Board document “Low Cost Treatments for Horizontal Curve Safety.”

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

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