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Geometric Design Guide for Canadian Roads

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TAC’s Geometric Design Guide for Canadian Roads is a fundamental reference document for roadway design practitioners in Canada. The Guide has contributed to the consistent and safe development and expansion of regional, provincial, and national roadway and highway systems in Canada.

2017 Edition

The Guide provides guidance to planners and designers in developing design solutions that meet the needs of a range of road users while addressing the context of policy decisions and the surrounding environment. Design guidelines are included for freeways, arterials, collectors, and local roads, in both urban and rural locations as well as for integrated bicyclist and pedestrian design.

The Geometric Design Guide for Canadian Roads (2017) replaces the 1999 edition of the Guide and subsequent revisions, and contains updated design and human factors research and practices for roadway geometric design.

Learning Opportunities

A cross-Canada seminar program consisting of one and two-day courses is being developed to educate practitioners about geometric design in general and new Guide contents in particular. Three experts and authors of the Guide will lead the seminars.

Overview and Order Information

DESCRIPTION, ITEM CODE AND PRICE
Package of all chapters (1 to 10)
PKG-GEODES17-E (hard copy)
PKG-GEODES17-E-EBK (e-book)
$575 member ~ $749 regular
$225 student (e-book only)
Chapter 1 - Design Philosophy offers an introduction to the goal of design, its evolving approach and the design domain concept utilized throughout the guide; and provides benefit cost analysis, value engineering and design exceptions guidance.
PTM-GEODES1-E (hard copy)
PTM-GEODES1-E-EBK (e-book)
$59 member ~ $75 regular
$39 student (e-book only)
Chapter 2 - Design Controls, Classification and Consistency discusses how design controls such as human factors, speed, design vehicles and sight lines influence geometric design; demonstrates how to classify links in a road network to provide a hierarchical and readily understood road system that appropriately serves different purposes; and outlines the principles of providing consistency in cross section, operating speed and driver workload.
PTM-GEODES2-E (hard copy)
PTM-GEODES2-E-EBK (e-book)
$65 member ~ $82 regular
$39 student (e-book only)
Chapter 3 - Alignment and Lane Configurations focuses on design procedures and domains associated with horizontal and vertical alignment, the coordination of these two design elements and related issues including cross slopes, lane widening, lane balance, lane continuity and specialized traffic lanes such as truck climbing lanes, passing lanes and truck escape ramps.
PTM-GEODES3-E (hard copy)
PTM-GEODES3-E-EBK (e-book)
$69 member ~ $89 regular
$39 student (e-book only)
Chapter 4 - Cross Section Elements offers guidance on design procedures and domains related to cross sections and related elements including special purpose lanes, shoulders, medians, outer separations and boulevards, curb and gutter and drainage; and presents considerations for bridges and utility placement, snow storage and future widening, as well as typical cross sections.  
PTM-GEODES4-E (hard copy)
PTM-GEODES4-E-EBK (e-book)
$65 member ~ $82 regular
$39 student (e-book only)
Chapter 5 - Bicycle Integrated Design identifies examples on how to integrate the design of bicycle facilities holistically into the design of roadways to provide a balanced solution for all modes and road users; and provides guidance on bicycle and in-line skater design needs, types of bicycle facilities, a framework for the selection of an appropriate type of facility, and specific design elements.
PTM-GEODES5-E (hard copy)
PTM-GEODES5-E-EBK (e-book)
$65 member ~ $82 regular
$39 student (e-book only)
Chapter 6 - Pedestrian Integrated Design highlights examples on how to integrate the design of pedestrian facilities holistically into the design of roadways to provide a balanced solution for all modes and road users; provides guidance on pedestrian and wheelchair design needs, use of a framework approach to design which subdivides the roadside into frontage, pedestrian through and furnishing zones and specific design elements; and addresses integration with other design elements including adjacent roadway lane widths, roundabouts and bridges and other travel modes.
PTM-GEODES6-E (hard copy)
PTM-GEODES6-E-EBK (e-book)
$59 member ~ $75 regular
$39 student (e-book only)
Chapter 7 - Roadside Design introduces road safety concepts and the use of quantitative analysis to evaluate roadside safety design options; outlines the fundamental concept of the clear zone and its application through provision of appropriate cross section and drainage elements to allow for driver recovery; outlines mitigation and protection techniques to reduce the severity of fixed-object collisions with roadside furniture including signs, luminaires and traffic barriers; and discusses roadside design in urban environments and for low volume roads.
PTM-GEODES7-E (hard copy)
PTM-GEODES7-E-EBK (e-book)
$65 member ~ $82 regular
$39 student (e-book only)
Chapter 8 - Access presents access management guidelines for the full range of road classifications; provides guidance for each classification of roadway, balancing its role in addressing traffic mobility and access to adjacent lands; and outlines design guidance for access location and geometrics and the use auxiliary lanes, two-way left-turn lanes and service roads to accommodate access in a safe manner.
PTM-GEODES8-E (hard copy)
PTM-GEODES8-E-EBK (e-book)
$65 member ~ $82 regular
$39 student (e-book only)
Chapter 9 - Intersections offers design guidance on intersections including roundabouts, innovative intersections and at-grade railroad crossings; summarizes relevant human factor aspects; identifies an intersection planning and design process for relevant inputs and possible constraints; summarizes guidelines on intersection spacing, layout and alignment and sight distance needs; and outlines guidelines and design details for simple intersections, channelization, tapers, auxiliary and turning lanes.
PTM-GEODES9-E (hard copy)
PTM-GEODES9-E-EBK (e-book)
$69 member ~ $89 regular
$39 student (e-book only)
Chapter 10 - Interchanges summarizes relevant human factor aspects and warrants for interchanges; and provides guidance on interchange location, spacing, coordination, interchange types and exits and entrance ramp design.
PTM-GEODES10-E (hard copy)
PTM-GEODES10-E-EBK (e-book)
$65 member ~ $82 regular
$39 student (e-book only)

 

This recorded webinar gives an overview of new contents and key changes in the 2017 edition.

The Guide is complemented by the Canadian Roundabout Design Guide which provides information and guidance related to the planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance and safety of roundabouts in Canada.

History

1963 – First edition of the Manual of Geometric Design Standards for Canadian Roads and Streets
1966 – Second printing of the Manual of Geometric Design Standards for Canadian Roads and Streets
1971, 1972 and 1973 – Revisions to the 1966 edition
1976 – Metric edition of the Manual of Geometric Design Standards for Canadian Roads and Streets
1986 – Second edition of the Manual of Geometric Design Standards for Canadian Roads
1994 – First edition of the Geometric Design Guide for Canadian Roads
1995 – Release of the Urban Supplement to the Geometric Design Guide for Canadian Roads
1999 – Second edition of the Geometric Design Guide for Canadian Roads
2017 – Third edition of the Geometric Design Guide for Canadian Roads

Read more about the evolution of geometric design in Canada and the development of the Guide.