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Guidance and Policy Design and Construction Guide - Technical Report Documentation Page

Design and Construction Guide

U.S. Department of Transportation

Federal Highway Administration

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Technical Report Documentation Page

1. Report No.


2. Government Accession No.


3. Recipient's Catalog No.


4. Title and Subtitle

Safety EdgeSM Design and Construction Guide

5. Report Date

January 5, 2012

6. Performing Organization Code

7. Author(s)

Andy Mergenmeier, P.E., Harold Von Quintus, P.E, Jagannath Mallela, and Paul Littleton, P.E

8. Performing Organization Report No.

9. Performing Organization Name and Address

Applied Research Associates, Inc.
100 Trade Centre Drive, Suite 200
Champaign, IL 61820

10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)

11. Contract or Grant No.

 

12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

Office of Infrastructure
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590

13. Type of Report and Period Covered


Design and Construction Guide
April 2010 – July 2011

14. Sponsoring Agency Code

 

15. Supplementary Notes

Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative: Byron Lord and Mary Huie
Contracting Officer’s Technical Manager: Andy Mergenmeier

16. Abstract

In a coordinated effort with highway authorities and industry leaders, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Every Day Counts initiative serves as a catalyst to identify and promote cost effective innovations to bring about rapid change to increase safety of our nations highway system, decrease project delivery time, and protect our environment. The Safety EdgeSM concept is an example of one such initiative in which the edge of the road is beveled during construction for the purpose of helping drivers who migrate off the roadways to more easily return to the road without over correcting and running into the path of oncoming traffic or running off the other side of the roadway.

This Design and Construction Guide shares the findings from ten demonstration projects in multiple states and other ad hoc projects in which the Safety EdgeSM was implemented. This Guide supports the FHWA's efforts to implement the Safety EdgeSM technology by providing standards, guidance, and specifications for adopting this treatment as a standard practice on all applicable new and resurfacing pavement projects.

The Guide provides information on the various elements to consider when designing and constructing pavement projects with the Safety EdgeSM. The Guide provides insights and lessons learned on previously constructed projects, highlighting items that may vary from conventional pavement design and construction.

17. Key Words

Safety EdgeSM, slope, asphalt concrete materials, PCC, roadway departure.

18. Distribution Statement

No restrictions.

19. Security Classification (of this report)

Unclassified

20. Security Classification (of this page)

Unclassified

21. No of Pages

32

22. Price

N/A

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Approximate Conversions to SI Units
Symbol When You Know Multiply By To Find Symbol
Length
in inches 25.4 millimeters mm
ft feet 0.305 meters m
yd yards 0.914 meters m
mi miles 1.61 kilometers km
Area
in2 square inches 645.2 square millimeters mm2
ft2 square feet 0.093 square meters m2
yd2 square yard 0.836 square meters m2
ac acres 0.405 hectares ha
mi2 square miles 2.59 square kilometers km2
Volume
fl oz fluid ounces 29.57 milliliters mL
gal gallons 3.785 liters L
ft3 cubic feet 0.028 cubic meters m3
yd3 cubic yards 0.765 cubic meters m3
NOTE: volumes greater than 1000 L shall be shown in m3
Mass
oz ounces 28.35 grams g
lb pounds 0.454 kilograms kg
T short tons (2000 lb) 0.907 megagrams (or "metric ton") Mg (or "t")
Temperature (exact degrees)
°F Fahrenheit 5 (F-32)/9
or (F-32)/1.8
Celsius °C
Illumination
fc foot-candles 10.76 lux lx
fl foot-Lamberts 3.426 candela/m2 cd/m2
Force and Pressure or Stress
lbf poundforce 4.45 newtons N
lbf/in2 poundforce per square inch 6.89 kilopascals kPa

 

Approximate Conversions from SI Units
Symbol When You Know Multiply By To Find Symbol
Length
mm millimeters 0.039 inches in
m meters 3.28 feet ft
m meters 1.09 yards yd
km kilometers 0.621 miles mi
Area
mm2 square millimeters 0.0016 square inches in2
m2 square meters 10.764 square feet ft2
m2 square meters 1.195 square yards yd2
ha hectares 2.47 acres ac
km2 square kilometers 0.386 square miles mi2
Volume
mL milliliters 0.034 fluid ounces fl oz
L liters 0.264 gallons gal
m3 cubic meters 35.314 cubic feet ft3
m3 cubic meters 1.307 cubic yards yd3
Mass
g grams 0.035 ounces oz
kg kilograms 2.202 pounds lb
Mg (or "t") megagrams (or "metric ton") 1.103 short tons (2000 lb) T
Temperature (exact degrees)
°C Celsius 1.8C+32 Fahrenheit °F
Illumination
lx lux 0.0929 foot-candles fc
cd/m2 candela/m2 0.2919 foot-Lamberts fl
Force and Pressure or Stress
N newtons 02.225 poundforce lbf
kPa kilopascals 0.145 poundforce per square inch lbf/in2

* SI is the symbol for the International System of Units. Appropriate rounding should be made to comply with Section 4 of ASTM E380. (Revised March 2003)

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