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CVEN 635 STREET & HIGHWAY DESIGN. Instructor: Dominique Lord Room 301A (CE/TTI Tower) Phone: (979) 458-3949 [email protected] Fall 2013. TEXTBOOK. Required Text: Texas Roadway Design Manual , Revised May 2010, http:// onlinemanuals.txdot.gov/txdotmanuals/rdw/rdw.pdf Recommended Texts:

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cven 635 street highway design

CVEN 635STREET & HIGHWAY DESIGN

Instructor: Dominique Lord

Room 301A (CE/TTI Tower)

Phone: (979) 458-3949

[email protected]

Fall 2013

textbook
TEXTBOOK
  • Required Text: Texas Roadway Design Manual, Revised May 2010, http://onlinemanuals.txdot.gov/txdotmanuals/rdw/rdw.pdf
  • Recommended Texts:
    • A Policy on Geometric Design of Highway and Streets, 6th Ed., American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), 2011.
    • Schoon, J.G. Geometric Design Projects for Highways: An Introduction, 2nd Edition, ASCE, Reston, Va., 1999.
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TEXTBOOK
  • Recommended Texts:
    • Highway Design (a textbook I created for CVEN 456) at AcademicPub.com:
    • http://academicpub.sharedbook.com/serve/ac/acapub/student_product_page.html?slug=1376952605_2_605
    • (you’ll need to register to access this link)
    • eBook: $49.90, B/W Print: $78.32, Color print: $150.00 (B&W is good enough)
    • www.academicpub.com
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TEXTBOOK
  • Other relevant material:
    • Wright, P.H., and Dixon, K. Highway Engineering. 7th Ed., John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, N.J., 2004.
    • Lamm, R., Psarianos, B., and Mailaender, T., Highway Design and Traffic Safety Engineering Handbook, McGraw-Hill, New York, New York, 1999.
    • Staplin, L., Lococo, K., Byington, S., and Harkey, D. Highway Design Handbook for Older Drivers and Pedestrians. U.S.DOT/FHWA Publication No. FHWA-RD-01-103. Washington, D.C., 2001.
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TEXTBOOK
  • Other relevant material:
    • Fitzpatrick, and Wooldridge, M. NCHRP Synthesis 299, Recent Geometric Design Research for Improved Safety and Operations, Transportation Research Board, 2001. http://onlinepubs.trb.org/onlinepubs/nchrp/nchrp_syn_299.pdf
    • The Access Board, Accessible Rights-of-Way: A Design Guide, 2002. www.access-board.gov
    • FHWA, Flexibility in Highway Design, Washington, D.C., 2005. http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/flex/index.htm
access to material
ACCESS TO MATERIAL
  • https://ceprofs.civil.tamu.edu/dlord/CVEN_635_Course_Material.htm
grading
GRADING
  • Assignments: 25% (5-6)
  • Laboratories: 35% (5-6)
  • Term Paper: 30% (due Dec. 2nd, 2013; presentation on Nov. 26th)
  • Class Participation: 10%
  • Grading Scheme:
    • A = 90% and above, B = 80 to 89%, C = 70 to 79%, D = 60 to 69%, F = below 60%
topics covered
TOPICS COVERED
  • Basic Design: Highway Design Classification, Design Controls and Criteria & Alignments (1 lecture)
  • Design and Operational Speeds (1 lecture)
  • Design Consistency (1 lecture)
  • Flexibility in Highway Design and Design Exceptions (1 lecture)
  • Three-Dimensional Alignment (1 lecture)
  • Interchange Design (2 lectures)
  • HOV and Managed Lanes (1 lecture)
  • Roadside Design (1 lecture)
  • Designing for Older Drivers (1-lecture)
  • Designing for Pedestrians & Cyclists, include accessibility (ADA) issues (1 lecture)
  • Environmental Impacts and Highway Design (1 lecture)
week of sept 8 th 2013
Week of Sept 8th, 2013
  • Because of guest lecturer, may need to change day and time:
    • Thursday afternoon (after 2 or 3 pm)
    • Friday afternoon (after 2 or 3 pm).
    • Need to check availability of rooms.
examples of highway design problems
Examples of highway design problems
  • 5 Terrible U.S. Road and Highway Designs: Lessons Learned
    • http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/engineering/infrastructure/5-terrible-us-road-and-highway-designs
  • Liability (big business)
    • Ex: http://www.stritmatter.com/_pdf/skwc-HighwayDesignLiability.pdf
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Examples of highway design problems

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Examples of highway design problems

http://www.righthandfirm.com/photos/highway-design.jpg

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Examples of highway design problems

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Examples of highway design problems

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Examples of highway design problems

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Examples of highway design problems

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examples of new design tools
Examples of new design tools
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Df59mWQdGtQ
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Examples of new design tools

http://www.trafficsafetydirect.com/img/glass_beads_2.jpg

important issues in highway design
Important Issues in Highway Design
  • Automobile Oriented Society
    • More cars than drivers (BTS Survey 03)
  • Shift from construction of new facilities to maintenance of existing facilities (e.g., lane widening, paving, intelligent transportation systems, etc.)
  • Resurgence in highway funding
    • Concern for conditions of infrastructure
    • Renewed public willingness for public expenditures (e.g., recent bill in Texas to increase funding for highways)
    • Reauthorization of transportation funds ($286.5B)
    • 2012 Bill signed on July 6th (http://banking.senate.gov/public/_files/Transit_Bill_Summary_and_Funding_Chart.pdf)
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Important Issues in Highway Design
  • Fleet of vehicles
    • Larger trucks/smaller vehicles
    • Better vehicles performance and design (e.g., lower center of gravity, improved acceleration, lighter vehicle components, etc.)
  • Age of population
    • Baby boomers are getting older (20% 65+ in 2003)
    • Safety issues with older (i.e., visual search, reaction time, more fragile health, etc.)
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Important Issues in Highway Design
  • Value Engineering
    • New area that aims to find ways to save money in design
    • Has been applied in highway design
    • Can compromise safety (e.g., Highway 407 in Ontario, Canada)
  • Liability
    • Increasing number of lawsuits (DOTs, Cities, MPOs, etc.)
    • Usually always based on (un)safety (after crashes occur)
important issues in design
Important Issues in Design
  • Safety Audits
    • Becoming increasingly popular (liability is a factor)
    • Explicitly look at all safety components of a project (from initial concept to construction)
    • Goes beyond design guidelines
    • Partial truth: good design may avoid many problems
  • New design criteria under development
    • Less focused on vehicle speed
    • Sensitive context design
  • Transportation Security
    • Terrorist threats against transportation infrastructures
    • See, e.g., http://onlinepubs.trb.org/Onlinepubs/dva/SecurityActivities.pdf
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Important Issues in Design
  • Strategic Research
    • Operational effects
    • Safety effects
    • Design tools
    • Non-motorized vehicles or users (pedestrians, bicyclists)
    • Unusual design (large intersections)
    • Innovative design (pedestrian crosswalks)
    • Technology (influences the design process)
    • Low volume roads
    • Environmental impacts
    • Toll and HOV lanes
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