The Geometric Design Guide for Canadian Roads is a fundamental reference document for roadway design practitioners in Canada. It contributes to the consistent and safe development and expansion of regional, provincial, and national roadway and highway systems in Canada.
The 2017 Guide contains the current design and human factors research and practices for roadway geometric design. Updates to technical content in chapters 2, 5, 7, 9 and 10 will be included as of August 19, 2019. Summary of Revisions
The Guide provides guidance in developing design solutions that meet the needs of a range of users while addressing the context of local conditions and environments. Design guidelines for freeways, arterials, collectors, and local roads, in both urban and rural locations, are included as well as guidance for integrated bicycle and pedestrian design.
Chapter 7 – Roadside Design introduces road safety concepts and the use of quantitative analysis to evaluate roadside safety design options. The fundamental concept of the clear zone is outlined, as is how the concept can be applied by providing appropriate cross section and drainage elements to allow for driver recovery. Mitigation and protection techniques to reduce the severity of fixed-object collisions with roadside furniture including signs, luminaires and traffic barriers are outlined. A discussion of roadside design in urban environments and for low volume roads is also included.
The 10 chapters in the Geometric Design Guide for Canadian Roads are: 1 – Design Philosophy; 2 – Design Controls, Classification and Consistency; 3 – Alignment and Lane Configuration; 4 – Cross Section Elements; 5 – Bicycle Integrated Design; 6 – Pedestrian Integrated Design; 7 – Roadside Design; 8 – Access; 9 – Intersections; and 10 – Interchanges.
The Guide can be purchased in its entirety (package of chapters 1-10) or by separate chapters, and is available in either hard copy or e-book formats.
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