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IHSDM Intersection Diagnostic Review Model3.10 Decision Sight Distance for Vertical CurvesApplicability In geometric design, SSD is usually sufficient to ensure safety unless drivers are confronted with a complex or unexpected situation. Decision sight distance (DSD) is applied on approaches to intersections and other locations where drivers need generous sight distance because they may be called upon to make decisions. DSD is an extended version of SSD that is employed in areas where drivers face multiple demands. The DSD model for vertical curves is applied in IDRM wherever the driver's view of an intersection or potentially conflicting vehicle is limited by a crest vertical curve. All crest vertical curves within the intersection influence area, as defined in Section 2.2, should be considered. A similar DSD model is applied when the sight restriction is the inside of a horizontal curve (see Section 3.11). Basis At crest vertical curves, the pavement at some point in the vertical curve may become an obstruction that limits the driver's view of the road ahead. When the driver encounters an intersection, he or she is faced with a more complex situation. The model used to determine the distance ahead that a driver can see and make a decision on the course of action, as limited by crest vertical curves, is based on the DSD model used in geometric design. The 2001 AASHTO Green Book presents the criteria for DSD calculations. The length of a crest vertical curve to provide the adequate sight lines for any specified value of DSD can be determined as follows: When DSD is less than L,
When DSD is greater than L,
where:
The recommended value for driver's eye height (h_{1}) is 1080 mm and the recommended value for object height (h_{2}) is also 1080 mm (to ensure that the approaching driver can see other vehicles at the intersection). On horizontal tangents, the obstruction that limits the driver's sight distance is the road surface at some point on a crest vertical curve. Input Parameters
The source of data for those input parameters whose values are not specified above are as follows:
Evaluation Procedure The DSD model is applied to evaluate crest vertical curves as follows: 1. Determine V_{act}, the higher of the actual 85th percentile speeds of traffic on the selected curve in two directions of travel. V_{act} can be determined from field data, from a speed prediction model like those developed for the IHSDM design consistency module, or from an engineering judgment by the user. The objective is to base the value of V_{act,} to the maximum possible extent, on actual field conditions rather than on an arbitrary design speed. 2. Determine DSD_{des} by entering Table 10 with V_{act}. The columns in Table 10 are defined as follows:
In IDRM, which deals with rural twolane highways, only Columns A and C in Table 10 are needed. Column A should be applied in determining DSD for stop and signalcontrolled approaches. Column C should be applied in determining DSD on majorroad (uncontrolled) approaches to unsignalized intersections. Interpolation in Table 10 should be performed linearly for values of V_{act }between 50 and 120 km/h. For values of V_{act }less than 50 km/h, interpolate linearly between the value in Column A or C and zero. For values of V_{act }greater than 120 km/h, use the value in Column A or C for 120 km/h. Table 10. Decision Sight Distance (Table III3 in 1994 Green Book)
3. Calculate L_{1} (when DSD_{des} is less than L) and L_{2} (when DSD_{des} is greater than L):
where:
4. Determine L_{des}, the length of vertical curve needed to provide DSD_{des}: If DSD_{des} £ L_{1}, then L_{des} = L_{1}. 5. If Lact ³Ldes, then there is not a potential problem present. Proceed to Step 9.
6. If L_{act} < L_{des}, then compute DSD_{act} from the appropriate equation: When DSD_{des} is less than L_{act},
When DSD_{des} is greater than L_{act},
7. Determine V_{eff} by entering Table 10. Use Column A or C of Table 10, as appropriate. V_{eff} can be determined by linear interpolation for values within the range from 50 to 120 km/h. When the value of DSD_{act} is less than the value in Column A or C of Table 10 corresponding to 50 km/h, interpolate linearly between 0 and 50 km/h to determine V_{eff}. When the value of DSD_{act} is greater than the value in Column A or C of Table 10 corresponding to 120 km/h, set V_{eff} equal to 120 km/h. 8. Calculate the difference between V_{eff} and V_{act}. Assess the need to trigger a DSD advisory message by referring to threshold values presented in Section 4. 9. Proceed to consideration of the next vertical curve. The equations in the previous steps are applicable to isolated vertical curves. IDRM actually uses an equivalent numerical method that can address not only isolated vertical curves, but also more complex situations such as compound vertical curves and vertical curves followed by short straight grades. This numerical procedure is also used in the IHSDM PRM and has been documented in the PRM Functionality Document. Model Output The model output is the effective speed for which DSD is provided, V_{eff}. The criticality of V_{eff} is judged by comparison to V_{act} as described in Section 4. References
3.11 Decision Sight Distance for Horizontal CurvesApplicability In geometric design, SSD is usually sufficient to ensure safety unless drivers are confronted with a complex or unexpected situation. Decision sight distance (DSD) is applied on approaches to intersections and other locations where drivers need generous sight distance because they may be called upon to make decisions. DSD is an extended version of SSD that is employed in areas where drivers face multiple demands. DSD model for horizontal curves is applied in IDRM wherever the driver's view of an intersection or potentially conflicting vehicle is limited by an obstruction on the inside of a horizontal curve. All horizontal curves within the intersection influence area, as defined in Section 2.2, should be considered. A similar DSD model is applied when the sight restriction is the crest of a vertical curve (see Section 3.10). Basis At horizontal curves, sight obstructions (such as walls, cut slopes, trees, buildings, and longitudinal barriers) on the inside of the curves may limit the driver's view of the road ahead. When the driver encounters an intersection, he or she is faced with a more complex situation. The model used to determine the distance ahead that a driver can see and make a decision on the course of action, as limited by the horizontal sight obstruction, is based on the DSD model used in geometric design. The 2001 AASHTO Green Book presents the criteria for DSD calculations. Input Parameters The input parameters used in the DSD model are:
The source of data for those input parameters whose values are not specified above are as follows:
Evaluation Procedure The DSD model is applied to evaluate a horizontal curve as follows: 1. Determine V_{act}, the actual 85th percentile speed of traffic on the selected curve in the direction of travel toward the intersection. V_{act} can be determined from field data, from a speed prediction model like those developed for the IHSDM design consistency module, or from engineering judgment by the user. The objective is to base the value of V_{act,} to the maximum possible extent, on actual field conditions rather than on an arbitrary design speed. 2. Determine the desired DSD from Table 10 in the same way this was done in Step 2 for vertical curves. 3. Compute the desired obstruction offset on the inside of the horizontal curve, CSW_{des}.
For a horizontal curve to the right for which the length of curve (L_{c}) ³ DSD_{des}:
where:
For a horizontal curve to the left for which L_{c} > DSD_{des}:
For a horizontal curve to the right for which L_{c} < DSD_{des}:
For a horizontal curve to the left for which L_{c} < DSD_{des}:
4. Obtain the obstruction offset available (CSW_{avail}) on the inside of the horizontal curve from the roadway file or ask the user to enter it. 5. If CSW_{avail} ³CSW_{des}, then there is no potential problem present. Proceed to Step 8. 6. If CSW_{avail} < CSW_{des}, then calculate the effective speed (V_{eff}) for which DSD is available by backsolving the appropriate equation from among Equations 3.11.5 through 3.11.6 to determine DSD_{act} and then using Table 10 to determine V_{eff }in the same manner described for Step 8 in Section 3.10 . 7. Calculate the difference between V_{eff} and V_{act}. Access the need to trigger a DSD advisory message by reference to threshold values presented in Section 4. 8. Proceed to consideration of the next horizontal curve. The equations in the previous steps are applicable to isolated horizontal curves. IDRM actually uses an equivalent numerical method that can address not only isolated horizontal curves, but also more complex situations such as compound horizontal curves or horizontal curves followed by short tangents. This numerical procedure has also been used in the IHSDM PRM and has been documented in the PRM Functionality Document. Model Output The model output is the effective speed for which DSD is provided, V_{eff}. The criticality of V_{eff} is judged by comparison to V_{act }as described in Section 4. References
3.12 Clearance Time for Skewed IntersectionApplicability Clearance time models are proposed for use in IDRM for skewed intersection approaches at both signalized and unsignalized intersections. Similar considerations also apply to intersections where the approach alignment differs between opposing approaches, at multileg intersections, and at intersections with more than one minorroad approach on the same side of the major road. Basis A clearance time model is required to address safety and operational issues that arise from the additional distance (and time) that vehicles require to cross skewed intersections versus rightangle intersections. At unsignalized intersections, the need for additional clearance time is safetyrelated. Additional clearance time is required for stopped vehicles on the minor approach to cross the intersection, resulting in greater exposure of the vehicle to conflict. The sight distance for a crossing maneuver from one minorroad leg to the other is based on the time it takes for the stopped vehicle to clear the intersection. The time gap for ISD for crossing the major road at an unsignalized intersection should thus be increased by Dt at a skewed intersection. At signalized intersections, the additional time needed to cross the skewed intersection is more of an operational issue than a safety issue. Increased crossing time at a skewed intersection will have a negative effect on the operational efficiency of a signalized intersection by requiring an increase in the yellow and/or allred clearance time. The function of the allred clearance time is to allow the vehicle that has entered the intersection to safely clear the intersection before the conflicting movement is released. Input Parameters The following input data are required to utilize the clearance time model. Data can be obtained from the IHSDM roadway model or by prompting the user for relevant input data.
Evaluation Procedure The following rationale is used by IDRM to calculate additional clearance time at skewed intersections. Two cases of clearance time models at skewed intersections are considered: unsignalized intersections and signalized intersections. Each of these cases is discussed below. Unsignalized IntersectionsAt an unsignalized intersection at which the major and minorroad legs intersect at an angle other than 90 degrees, the clearance time analysis applies to the minorroad legs (i.e., the stopcontrolled legs). The sight distance for a crossing maneuver from one minorroad leg to the other is based on the time it takes for the stopped vehicle to clear the intersection. This clearance time is increased by the intersection skew. Thus, for crossing maneuvers at skewed intersections, the S distance (the distance that the crossing vehicle must travel to clear the major highway) is larger than for rightangle intersections (see Figure 5 below). That is, the roadway width on the path of the crossing vehicle, W, is the actual traveled way width divided by the sine of the intersection angle:
where:
Figure 5. Skewed Intersection The time to accelerate from a stop and travel distance w at a rightangle intersection is:
where:
While the time to accelerate from a stop and travel distance W at a skewed intersection is:
where:
the additional time required to cross the intersection is:
Signalized Intersections The same model applies to signalized intersections. At signalized intersections, however, the additional time needed to cross the skewed intersection is more of an operational issue than a safety issue. Increasing the crossing time will reduce the operational efficiency of a signalized intersection. The efficiency of an approach depends on the ratio of effective green to the cycle length (g/C ratio). A higher ratio represents greater efficiency for that approach. The additional time needed for a vehicle to cross a skewed intersection, Dt , will be provided during the allred clearance time. The function of the allred clearance time is to allow the vehicle that has entered the intersection to safely clear the intersection before the conflicting movement is released. The design vehicle for computing the length of the allred clearance time is a truck and is computed as:
where:
This equation demonstrates that an increase in the crossing width of a skewed intersection increases the allred clearance time. An increase in the allred clearance time represents an increase in an approach's unused time or, for a given cycle length, a decrease in an approach's effective green time. This results in a lower g/C ratio for that particular approach. At skewed intersections, drivers at all four approaches encounter longer crossing distances and need additional time to cross. This Dt will be taken from the effective green of all four approaches, resulting in a lower g/C ratio or a lower operating efficiency for the entire intersection. Model Output Model output is summarized in the tables presented below. Data provided is the additional time required for a vehicle to cross skewed intersections relative to a 90degree intersection. Model output is provided for both the unsignalized and signalized conditions. Unsignalized IntersectionsChange in clearance time (s) for a skewed intersection relative to a 90degree intersection (with median/turn bay on major approaches):
Change in clearance time (s) for a skewed intersection relative to a 90degree intersection (without median/turn bay on major approaches):
Signalized Intersections Change in clearance time (s) for a skewed intersection relative to a 90degree intersection (with median/turn bay on major approaches [3.6m lanes]):
For values of V_{act }less than 50 km/h, use the 50km/h value from the appropriate column. For values of V_{act }greater than 120 km/h, use the value from the appropriate column for 120 km/h. Change in clearance time (s) for a skewed intersection relative to a 90degree intersection (without median/turn bay on major approaches [3.6m lanes]): Table 14. Skewed Signalized Intersection – Additional Clearance Seconds ( Without Median/Turn Bay on Major Approaches)
For values of V_{act }less than 50 km/h, use the 50km/h value from the appropriate column. For values of V_{act }greater than 120 km/h, use the value from the appropriate column for 120 km/h. References
3.13 LeftTurn Lane WarrantsApplicability Leftturn lane warrant models are proposed for use in IDRM for the situation where leftturn lanes are not present on the major unstopped approach. This model does not address the geometric design characteristics of the turn lane, such as length, taper design, etc., which are addressed in the PRM. Basis A model is required to identify the need for leftturn lanes at intersections and to highlight locations where lack of leftturn lanes presents a potential safety concern. For rural, unsignalized intersections along the through or unstopped approach, leftturn lanes serve a safety and operational efficiency function by removing decelerating and stopped vehicles waiting to turn from the higher speed through lanes. Input Parameters The following input data are required to utilize the leftturn lane warrant model. Data can be obtained from the IHSDM roadway model or by prompting the user for relevant input data.
Evaluation Procedure The following general steps would be undertaken by IDRM to evaluate the leftturn lane warrants:
No formulas or calculations are required to obtain output from the leftturn lane warrant model. Model output is obtained via a lookup table. Model Output Model output is summarized in Table 15 . Determination of whether a leftturn lane is warranted is based on consulting the table for a particular operating speed and opposing designhour volume. If the advancing volume is greater than the value shown (for a given percentage of left turns), a leftturn lane is warranted. Table 15. Volume Warrants for LeftTurn Lanes
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3.14 RightTurn Lane WarrantsApplicability Rightturn lane warrant models are proposed for use in IDRM for the situation where rightturn lanes are not present on the major unstopped approach. Basis A model is required to identify the need for rightturn lanes at intersections and to highlight locations where lack of rightturn lanes presents a potential safety concern. For rural, unsignalized intersections along the through or unstopped approach, rightturn lanes serve a safety and operational efficiency function by removing decelerating vehicles waiting to turn from the higher speed through lanes. Input Parameters The following input data are required to utilize the rightturn lane warrant model. Data can be obtained from the IHSDM roadway model or by prompting the user for relevant input data.
Evaluation Procedure The following general steps would be undertaken by IDRM to evaluate the rightturn lane warrants:
No formulas or calculations are required to obtain output from the rightturn lane warrant model. Model output is obtained via the table below. Model Output Model output is summarized in Table 16 below. Determination of whether a rightturn lane is warranted is based on a comparison of the approach designhour volume (DHV) and the actual rightturn volume. If the actual rightturn volume is greater than that in the table, an exclusive rightturn lane is warranted. Table 16. Threshold Volumes for RightTurn Lane
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3.15 LeftTurn Lane Length for Closely Spaced IntersectionsApplicability The leftturn lane length model is proposed for use in IDRM to deal with the adequacy of storage lengths, deceleration lengths, and taper lengths for backtoback leftturn lanes between closely spaced intersections on the major road. Basis A model is required to address safety and operational issues that arise from the often restricted dimension along a major road between closely spaced intersections. Drivers turning off a highway at an intersection are usually required to reduce their speed before turning. When rapid deceleration takes place directly on the highway through lanes, it disrupts the flow of throughlane traffic. Another function of leftturn lanes is to store vehicles waiting to turn off a major roadway. Intersections with high turningtraffic volumes and/or opposingtraffic volumes generally require greater storage lengths. This model will provide guidance as to the minimum required dimension between intersections. Input Parameters The following input data are required to utilize the leftturn lane length for the closely spaced intersections model. Data can be obtained from the IHSDM roadway model or by prompting the user for relevant input data.
Evaluation Procedure The following procedures would be used by IDRM to calculate the minimum required dimension between intersections. As part of this process, three components of leftturn lane length are reviewed: storage length, deceleration length, and taper length. Each of these components is discussed below. For the case with backtoback leftturn lanes on the major road between closely spaced intersections, threshold values of storage length are based on total leftturn volumes at both intersections. The anticipated number of queued vehicles at each intersection is converted to a dimension and compared to the available storage dimension provided at the respective intersection. Deceleration Length At closely space intersections, the leftturn lane may not be of sufficient length to enable a driver to maneuver a vehicle into it properly and make the necessary reduction in speed. For this scenario, threshold values for the minimum spacing between intersections are based on AASHTO deceleration lengths for V_{act}. The required deceleration lengths for various values of V_{act} are as follows: Table 17. Required Deceleration Lengths
For IDRM, the model will assume that no deceleration occurs in the through lanes and that the taper is not part of the deceleration length. Taper LengthFor minimum taper length, the Green Book refers to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, which recommends that the minimum length of taper can be calculated as:
where:
Note: For programming purposes the second equation will be used when V_{act }< 70. Model Output Model output is summarized in Figure 6 . Determination of a minimum distance between closely spaced intersections is obtained by consulting the chart using the approach speed of the vehicle and the expected queue condition at the intersection. Figure 6. Minimum Distance Between Closely Spaced Intersections References
3.16 Intersection Conflict IndexApplicability Intersection conflict index models are proposed for use in IDRM to characterize both the absolute and relative safety of a multileg intersection configuration. Multileg intersections are potential problems in that they produce a greater number of conflict points relative to fourleg intersections. Basis The intersection conflict index is used to measure the relative safety of an intersection configuration as a function of the number and types of intersection conflicts. Intersection conflict analysis is a wellunderstood means of addressing intersection safety. For example, it has long been known that threeleg intersections operate more safely than fourleg intersections because threeleg intersections have fewer conflict points at which conflicting traffic streams cross, merge, or diverge. Intersection conflicts reflect the crossing or conflicting paths of vehicles moving from one leg to another. Depending on the type of movement (right or left turn, crossing the intersection), any one vehicle can encounter or create one or more different conflicts. The different types of conflicts include diverging, merging, or crossing conflicts. It is proposed to extend the same concept to the evaluation of multileg intersections. The intersection conflict index proposed for IDRM recognizes two principles of intersection conflicts and accidents. First, conflicts (and the associated risk of a particular type of crash) are related to the traffic volume of the conflicting movements. Second, the different conflicts have differing importance. This is a reflection of the severity of crashes associated with a conflict type. Input Parameters The following input data are required to utilize the intersection conflict index model. Data can be obtained from the IHSDM roadway model or by prompting the user for relevant input data.
Evaluation Procedure The following procedures would be used by IDRM to calculate the intersection conflict index. The intersection conflict index (ICI) is defined as follows:
where:
ICI is computed by systematic consideration of all pairs of turning movements at the intersection (i.e., through, leftturn, and rightturn movements from each approach) that conflict with one another. Turning movements would be considered conflicting whenever their paths cross. The weight factor (W_{k}) is used to incorporate the concept that not all conflicting movements are equally likely to result in a crash. Proposed weights are shown in Table 18 below. Higher weights are assigned to pairs of conflicting movements that appear to have the highest risk of a crash. Zero weight is assigned to traffic streams that do not cross or that represent negligible risk. Table 18. Weights for Use in Computing the Intersection Conflict Index
ICI is based on the assumption that a traffic signal separates conflicts in time; hence, the only conflicts of interest related to signalized intersection configuration are diverging conflicts. This assumes the use of protected phasing for all movements. If the traffic signal phasing is such that particular movements do conflict, then the same weights as for unsignalized intersections should be used. Model Output Model output is a dimensionless numerical value based on the equation described above in detail. This number can then be compared to the established ICI threshold values, noted in Section 4.22, to determine if the designer should be shown a Level 1 or Level 2 alert message. References
3.17 MinorRoad ProfileApplicability The minorroad profile model is proposed for use in IDRM at intersections with a discontinuous minorroad profile through the intersection with the major road. Basis The profile of minor roads at intersections can present operational problems if not properly designed. Often, designers are focused on achieving an optimal profile for the major, unstopped road, but have less concern about the minor road. Issues of concern where there is not continuity of the minorroad profile through an intersection include:
Input Parameters The following input data are required to utilize the minorroad profile model. Data can be obtained from the IHSDM roadway model or by prompting the user for relevant input data.
Evaluation Procedure The following general steps would be undertaken by IDRM to utilize the minorroad profile model:
Table 19. Design Controls on Difference Between Major and MinorRoad Slopes
Note: Vertical curves are not required for the "Desirable" grade in each case, but are recommended (10 ft to 50 ft in length). For the "Maximum" grade change, vertical curves are required (minimum length, 10 ft) to prevent significant vehicle bounce and scraping of the chassis [1 ft = 0.305 m]. Model Output Model output is guidance provided to the designer via the messages generated by applying the procedure documented above. References
3.18 Intersection Pavement AreaApplicability The intersection pavement area model is proposed for use in IDRM to deal with the large, open pavement areas associated with multileg intersections, skewed intersections, and intersections on a horizontal curve. Additional pavement is also required to serve large trucks. Basis Intersections with large, open pavement areas can produce operational problems. Large, open pavement areas generally occur at multileg intersections, skewed intersections, and intersections on a horizontal curve. Larger intersections are more costly to construct and maintain. The open pavement areas can be more difficult to drain, which may create icing or other vehicle control problems. In addition, large open pavement areas at intersections may also be difficult for unfamiliar drivers to navigate. The need to accommodate the operation of long and wide vehicles also produces special problems at intersections. Vehicle turning paths, which are a function of the characteristics of the vehicles, take up considerable space as the vehicle makes either a right or a left turn. The amount of space and potential impacts on the operation and safety of the intersection are influenced by the type of large vehicle and the angle of the intersection. The types and severity of potential turning path problems are based on the frequency of large vehicle turns and which approach legs (i.e., stopped or unstopped) are skewed. Turningpath requirements are a concern at all intersections, but are particularly important at skewed and multileg intersections. An intersection on a relatively sharp horizontal curve will also result in one or more turning movements occurring through a skew. Both left and rightturning geometric elements are affected by the turning paths of large vehicles. For rightturning vehicles, the design of the curb return (simple radius curve, multicentered curve, or other variations), the width of the roadway the vehicle is turning onto, and the proximity and type of opposing lane are features of concern. For leftturning vehicles, the type of traffic control (signal versus stop) and the width of roadway the vehicle is turning onto are also factors. Input Parameters The following input data are required to utilize the intersection pavement area model. Data can be obtained from the IHSDM roadway model or by prompting the user for relevant input data.
Evaluation Procedure The following general steps would be undertaken by IDRM to utilize the intersection pavement area model:
Model Output Model output is guidance provided to the designer via the messages generated by applying the procedure documented above. The following figure was used to determine the skew angle threshold. Refer to Section 4.24 Basis for more details. Figure 7. Area of Skewed Intersections for TwoLane Rural Intersections References
3.19 Change in Approach Alignment Between Opposing ApproachesApplicability The change in approach alignment model is proposed for use in IDRM to deal with forced directional changes for through vehicles as they proceed through an intersection. Forced directional changes may be difficult for unfamiliar drivers to navigate. Basis Intersections with substantial changes between approach alignments can produce operational and safety problems. Forced path changes for through vehicles violate driver expectations. Input Parameters The following input data are required to utilize the change in approach alignment model. Data can be obtained from the IHSDM roadway model or by prompting the user for relevant input data.
Evaluation Procedure The following general steps would be undertaken by IDRM to utilize the change in approach alignment model:
Model Output Model output is a calculated value of the difference in angles between opposing intersection legs. References 1. A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets (Green Book). American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Washington, DC, 1994. 3.20 Queue Length PredictionApplicability Aqueue length prediction model is proposed for use in IDRM to characterize locations where there may be inadequate queue storage on a major road between intersections or where stopped drivers on an approach may be hidden from other drivers on the same approach. Basis A traffic operational model is needed to identify situations in which expected queues of vehicles (e.g., at a stopped approach) will pose an unusual hazard because of the presence of a particular geometric condition or feature. A queue prediction model would estimate a level of queuing for a given approachtraffic volume and translate that volume to a design dimension. Example cases in which a queue prediction model would be useful
Input Parameters The following input data are required to utilize the queue length prediction model. Data can be obtained from the IHSDM roadway model or by prompting the user for relevant input data.
Evaluation Procedure Highway Capacity Manualprocedures for unsignalized intersections (1997 edition, chapter 10) were used as the basis for queue prediction model development. The procedures were used to translate volume and geometric conditions into an expected number of queued vehicles. Use the leftturn designhour traffic volume and the sum of through and rightturning vehicles for each unstopped approach when reading Figure 8 below. Model Output Model output is summarized in Figure 8. An estimate of the number of vehicles queued is obtained by consulting the chart using designhour volume for the left turn and the opposing through/right volumes for a major, unstopped approach to a stopcontrolled intersection. Figure 8. Estimate of LeftTurn Vehicles Queued References
3.21 Horizontal Curve Design for Braking and CorneringApplicability A horizontal curve review procedure for the adequacy of cornering and braking friction is applied in IDRM wherever there is a horizontal curve on an intersection approach within the influence area of the intersection for the direction of travel leading toward the intersection. The purpose of this procedure is to determine whether the combination of braking and cornering that may occur when an intersection is on or near a curve is likely to result in vehicle loss of control due to skidding. Basis Horizontal curves are designed to ensure that a driver can not only traverse a horizontal curve (i.e., make a cornering maneuver) without loss of control, but also do so within tolerable limits of lateral acceleration that have been set to ensure driver comfort. The compliance of any horizontal curve with these tolerable limits of lateral acceleration is checked by the PRM. Where an intersection is located in a horizontal curve or a horizontal curve is present on the intersection approach, the ability of an approaching driver to brake in response to the actions of other vehicles approaching the intersection is reduced because the driver may be simultaneously braking and cornering. The purpose of this procedure is to determine whether the combination of braking and cornering that may occur when an intersection is on or near a curve is likely to result in loss of vehicle control due to skidding. Checks for such combinations of braking and cornering are not addressed by the PRM and, therefore, are included in IDRM. Input Parameters
The source of data for those input parameters whose values are not specified above are as follows:
Evaluation Procedure The specific procedure will be formulated as follows:
1. Determine V_{act}, the actual 85th percentile speed of traffic on the selected majorroad approach. V_{act} can be determined from field data, from a speed prediction model like those developed for the IHSDM design consistency module, or from engineering judgment by the user. The objective is to base the value of V_{act,} to the maximum possible extent, on actual field conditions rather than on an arbitrary design speed. 2. Estimate the available coefficient of cornering friction (f_{cor}) for wetpavement conditions at V_{act} as:
The estimated value of SN_{40}, the skid number at 64 km/h (40 mi/h), should be 35. This value is consistent with revised AASHTO criteria for SSD design.
3. Estimate the maximum braking friction demand (f_{brake}) at V_{act} as:
The estimated value of SN_{40} for this application should also be 35. 4. Determine the speed at impending skid (V_{skid}) for combined cornering and braking on wet pavement:
where:
5. Compute the margin of safety (V_{ms}) as V_{skid}  V_{act}, procedures to compare VMS to appropriate threshold values are presented in Section 4.27. Model Output The model output is the speed margin of safety against skidding, VMS The criticality of VMS is judged by comparison to threshold values as described in Section 4.27. References

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