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Highway Planning And Administration


• Most primitive mode of transport was by foot.
• These human pathways were developed for specific purpose
leading to camp site, food, streams for drinking water.
• Invention of wheel led to development of animal drawn
• Because of animal drawn vehicles, emerged the need of
hard surface road.


• The bottom layer by large foundation stones in lime mortar
and having total thickness of about 100mm to 200 mm.
• The edges of pavement –vertical kerb stone
• Above the bottom layer-large sized broken stone mixed with
lime mortar and thickness of about 250mm to 400mm.
• Over the second layer-small size broken stone mixed with
lime mortar and thickness 250 mm to 400 mm
• Wearing course-large size blocks of stone of 100 mm to 150
mm thickness

FRENCH ROAD CONSTRUCTION • Subgrade was prepared to the required depth and a layer of large foundation stone was laid for thickness 170 mm. . • Above foundation.Laid with small stones. 50mm near the edge and gradually increasing towards centre making cross sloope 1 in 45 . • Edges of pavement with large stones to serve as submerged kerb stone. • Wearing course. • Shoulder with slope of 1 in 20 was provided to take away surface water of the road to the side drain.80 mm thickess of broken stone .

.Cross slope of 1 in 45 was adopted.5 mm was used as a layer for thickness 100 mm.Cross slope of 1 in 36 was granted. • Fill the space between foundation stone by smaller stone and chipping properly.Large sized stone of width 40 mm and depth varying from 170 mm to 220 mm were laid.Broken stones of size 50 mm was used as a layer for thickness 100 mm. BRITISH ROAD CONSTRUCTION • Soil Subgrade. • Above the First layer. • Above the bottom layer-Broken stones of size 37. • Surface course-Broken stones of size 20 mm was used for the 50 mm thick layer.

68 million kilometers of roadways(2.16) or Brazil's (0. Indian Roads • India has a large road network of over 4.58 million km) • At 0.91million miles).S (6. . making it 2nd largest road network in the world followed by U.65) and far higher than that of China's (0.20).66 km of highway per square kilometer of land the density of India’s highway network is similar to that of the United States (0.

19 • Motor vehicle act (1936) • National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) • First twenty year road plan ( 1943-61 ) • Second twenty year road plan ( 1961-81 ) • Third twenty year road plan ( 1981-2001 ) . Highway Development in Indi • Jayakar Committee (1927) • Central Road Fund (1929) • Indian Roads Congress (IRC). 1934 • Central Road Research Institute (CRRI).

• To create a national level institution to carry research .R. development works and consultation.Indian road development committee was appointed by the government with M. • In 1927.technical institution to pool technical knowledge. sharing of ideas and to act as an advisory body.1927 • After the first World War. Jayakar Committee. • To establish a semi-official . Jaykar as chairman. . • Road development in the country should be made as a national interest since local govt. • An extra tax should be levied on petrol from road users to create the road development fund. do not have financial and technical capacity for road development. this demanded a better road network. motor vehicle using the roads increases.

Central road fund .

Indian Roads Congress. 1934 .

Motor vehicle act .

Central road research institute (CRRI) (1950) .

Ministry of Road Transport & Highways(MORTH) .

First 20-years road plan (Nagpur 1943-63) .

Second 20-years road plan (Bombay) (1961-81) .

Third twenty years road plan (Lucknow 1981-2001) .

 Fair weather roads: These roads are operative only during the dry or non-monsoon seasons and causes interruption to the traffic during the monsoon seasons due to the overflow across the river. roads(earth road or gravel road): The roads without a hard surface or a carriage are known as un-paved roads . Classification of Highways Depending on weather  All weather roads: These roads are negotiable during all conditions or seasons of the year. Depending on the type of Carriage way/ Road pavement  Paved roads:The roads with a hard pavement or carriageways are called  to Unpaved be as pave roads. except at major river crossing where some interruption to traffic is permissible up to certain extent.

B etc Tonnes per day Based on location and function ( Nagpur road plan  National highway (NH)  State highway (SH)  Major district road (MDR)  Other district road (ODR)  Village road (VR) . Classification of Highways Based on the Traffic Volume  Heavy  Medium  Light Based on Load or Tonnage Class 1 or Class 2 etc or Class A .

Based on modified system of Highways classification • Primary  Expressways  National Highways • Secondary  SH  MDR • Tertiary  ODR  VR .

The Mumbai-Pune Expressway as seen from Khandala . • India has approximately 1.637 km of expressways by the year 2022 • Traffic at high speed (120km/hr) • Full access control • Connects major points of traffic generation • No slow moving traffic allowed • No loading.parking.324 km of expressways •Government plans to add an additional 18. Expressways •Expressways are the highest class of roads in the Indian road network. unloading.

National Highways • NH are the main highways running through the length and breadth of India.7% of the total road network of India and carry 40% of the total traffic. .087 kms. Indian highways cover 1. connecting major parts. • The national highways have a total length of 100.foreign of large states and large industrial and tourist centres including roads required for strategic movements for the defence of India.

• East End-Silchar • West End-Porbandar • Length-3300 • Major Junctions-NH 54.25.3.North. & East West Corridor • North End-Srinagar • South End-Kanyakumari • Length-4000 km • Major Junctions-NH 1A.37.1.1 5 .

Kol (1453 km)  NH 4.Che (1684 m)  NH 8. 79A.79.7&46 Che-Mum (1290km  NH5.846 Km) Delhi-Kolkata-Chennai-Mumbai  NH-2 Delhi.60 Kol. National Highways cont… • Golden Quadrilateral .Mum (1419 km) .6.(5.76 Del.

• These highways provide connections to industries or places from key areas in the state making them more accessible. . towns and district headquarters within the state and connect them with National Highways or highways of neighbouring states. State Highways • The state highways are usually roads that link important cities. • These are not related to National Highways and are not maintained by the National Highways Authority of India or the central government in any way.

Major District Roads • Important roads within a district serving areas of production and markets . • It also connects Taluka headquarters and rural areas to District headquarters within the state • India has a total of 4. • Speed 60-80kmph .000 kms of MDR. connecting those with each other or with the major highways.70.

• India has 26.000 kms of VR .50. • Speed-40-50kmph .Other district roads  serving rural areas of production and providing them with outlet to market centers or other important roads like MDR or SH.  Speed 50-60kmph Village roads • They are roads connecting villages or group of villages with each other or to the nearest road of a higher category like ODR or MDR.

Urban Road Classification • Arterial Roads • Sub Arterial • Collector • Local Street .

usually on a continuous route • Pedestrian allowed to walk only at intersection • Design Speed : 80km/hr . ARTERIAL • A street primarily for through traffic.

usually on a continuous route but offering somewhat lower level of traffic than the arterial • Design speed : 60 km/hr . SUB ARTERIAL ROAD • A street primarily for through traffic.

• Design speed : 50km/hr . business and industrial areas. Collector Street • Collects and distributes traffic from local streets • Provides access to arterial/ sub-arterial roads • Located in residential.

business or other abutting property • Less volume of traffic at slow speed . • Primary access to residence. Local Street • Design Speed : 30km/hr.

Highway alignment and surveys .

• It includes straight path. the disadvantages are. it is not easy to change the alignment due to increase in cost of adjoining land and construction of costly structure. . • Due to improper alignment . Highway alignment • The position or lay out of centre line of the highway on the ground is called the alignment. horizontal deviation and curves.  Increase in construction  Increase in maintenance cost  Increase in vehicle operation cost • Once the road is aligned and constructed.

.total cost including initial cost. • Easy.Requirements of highway alignment  Short  Easy  Safe  Economical • enough for construction and maintenance from the view point of stability of natural hill slope.easy to construct and maintain the road with minimum problem also easy for operation of vehicle. embankment and cut slope also safe for traffic operation. • Economical. maintenance cost and vehicle operation cost should be minimum.desirable to have a short alignment between two terminal stations. • Safe.

Factors controlling alignment  Obligatory points  Traffic  Geometric design  Economics  Other considerations Additional care in hill roads  Stability  Drainage  Geometric standards of hill roads  Resisting length .

traffic flow patterns and future trends. Examples:-religious places. Factors controlling alignment con Obligatory points  Obligatory points through which alignment is to pass Examples:-bridge site. Mountain pass etc…  Obligatory points through which alignment should not pass. . unsuitable land etc… Traffic • origin and destination survey should be carried out in the area and the desire lines be drawn showing the trend of traffic flow. • New road to be aligned should keep in view the desired lines. costly structure. intermediate town .

high flood level • Environmental consideration .Geometric design • Design factors such as gradient . political consideration • Surface water level. • Avoid sudden changes in sight distance.radius of curve and sight distance also govern the final alignment of the highway. maintenance cost and vehicle operation cost. • Gradient should be flat and less than the ruling gradient or design gradient. Other consideration • Drainage consideration. especially near crossings • Avoid sharp horizontal curves • Avoid road intersections near bend Economy • Alignment finalised based on total cost including initial cost.

where possible should avoid passing through  Marshy and low lying land with poor drainage  Flood prone areas  Unstable hilly features Materials and constructional features  Deep cutting should be avoided  Earth work is to be balanced. quantities for filling and excavation  Alignment should preferably be through better soil area to minimize pavement thickness  Location may be near sources of embankment and pavement materials . Topographical control points • The alignment.

the engineering survey are to be carried The various stages of engineering surveys are  Map study (Provisional alignment Identificati  Reconnaissance survey  Preliminary survey  Final location and detailed surveys .Engineering Surveys for Highway locati Before a highway alignment is finalised in highw project.

• Map study gives a rough guidance of the routes to be further surveyed in the field . • The probable alignment can be located on the map from the following details available on the map. ponds or lake Avoiding bend of river If road has to cross a row of hills. MAP STUDY • From the map alternative routes can be suggested in the office. possibility of crossing through mountain pass. if the topographic map of that area is available. Avoiding valleys.

To collect additional details. hill. • Details to be collected from alternative routes during this survey are. ponds. • To examine the general character of the area in field for deciding the most feasible routes for detailed studies. barometer etc…. marshy land. lakes. .  Value of gradient. length of gradient and radius of curve.  Valleys. • A survey party may inspect along the proposed alternative routes of the map in the field with very simple instrument like abney level. permanent structure and other obstruction. RECONNAISSANCE SURVEY • To confirm features indicated on map. tangent clinometer.

 source of construction materials. water sources.. • Prepare a report on merits and demerits of different alternative routs.stone quarries.  Number and type of cross drainage structures.  High Flood Level (HFL)  Soil Characteristics. .  Geological features. • As a result a few alternate alignments may be chosen for further study based on practical considerations observed at the site.RECONNAISSANCE SURVEY cont.

Preliminary survey Objective of preliminary survey are: • To survey the various alternative alignments proposed after the reconnaissance and to collect all the necessary physical information and detail of topography. drainage and soil. taking measurement. collecting topographical and other data and carrying out soil survey. • To estimate quantity of earthwork materials and other construction aspect and to workout the cost of the alternate proposals. Methods of preliminary survey: a) Conventional approach-survey party carries out surveys using the required field equipment. • To compare the different proposals in view of the requirements of the good alignment. .

soil survey. and other maps • Finalise the best alignment from all considerations by comparative analysis of alternative routes.200m  Rolling Terrain : 50m  Hilly Terrain : 30m • Other studies  Drainage. b) Modern rapid approach- By Aerial survey taking the required aerial photographs for including obtaining details of soil andtopographic the necessary geology. .  Plain Terrain` : 100 . Preliminary survey cont… • Longitudinal and cross sectional profile. Traffic and Material survey. Hydrological survey.

. Location survey: • Transferring the alignment on to ground. • Major and minor control points are established on the ground and centre pegs are driven. say 50m interval in plane and rolling terrains and 20m in hilly terrain. • This is done by transit theodolite. checking the geometric design requirements. Final location and detailed surve • The alignment finalised at the design office after the preliminary survey is to be first located on the field by establishing the centre line. • Centre line stacks are driven at suitable intervals.

. • Cross sectional levels are taken at intervals of 50-100m in Plane terrain. • Detail soil survey is to be carried out. • CBR value of the soils along the alignment may be determined for design of pavement. 50m in built-up area. 50-75m in Rolling terrain. design and estimates of project. • Earthwork calculations and drainage details are to be workout from the level books. • The data during detailed survey should be elaborate and complete for preparing detailed plans. Final location and detailed survey con Detailed survey: • Temporary bench marks are fixed at intervals of about 250m and at all drainage and under pass structure. 20m in Hill terrain.

Drawing and Report  Key map  Index map  Preliminary survey plans  Detailed plan and longitudinal section  Detailed cross section  Land acquisition plans  Drawings of cross drainage and other retaining structures  Drawings of road intersections  Land plans showing quarries etc .

New highway project • Map study • Reconnaissance survey • Preliminary survey • Location of final alignment • Detailed survey • Material survey • Geometric and structural design • Earth work • Pavement construction • Construction controls .

Highway Geometric Design

Importance of geometric design
• The geometric design of a highway deals with the
dimensions and layout of visible features of the
highway such as alignment, sight distance and
• The main objective of highway design is to provid
optimum efficiency in traffic operation with maxi
safety at reasonable cost.
• Geometric design of highways deals with followin
elements :
 Cross section elements
 Sight distance considerations
 Horizontal alignment details
 Vertical alignment details
 Intersection elements

Design Controls and criteria
• Design speed
• Topography
• Traffic factors
• Design hourly volume and capacity
• Environmental and other factors
Design speed
• In India different speed standards have been assig
for different class of road
• Design speed depends on surface
characteristics, sight distance, radius of

<10% . Speed 50 kmph  Steep terrain.>60%.10-25%. Speed 30 kmph Traffic factor • Vehicular characteristics and human characteristic users. • Human factor includes the physical. mental and psychological characteristics of driver and pedest .25-60%. • Different vehicle classes have different speed and acceleration characteristics. different dimensions weight . Speed 100 kmph  Rolling terrain.topography • Classified based on the general slope of the count  Plane terrain. Speed 80 kmph  Mountainous terrain.

• It is uneconomical to design the roadway for traffic flow. Environmental factors Aesthetics Landscaping Air pollution Noise pollution .Design hourly volume and capacity • Traffic flow fluctuating with time • Low value during off-peak hours to the highes value during the peak hour.

of material • Volume and composition of traffic • Soil subgrade • Climatic condition • Construction facility • Cost consideration The important surface characteristics are:  Friction  Pavement unevenness  Light reflecting characteristics . Pavement surface characteristic Pavement surface depend on the type of pavement which • Availability is decided based on the.

• Slipping: when a wheel revolves more than the corresponding longitudinal movement along the r Factors affecting the friction or skid resistance • Types of pavement surface • Roughness of pavement • Condition of the pavement: wet or dry • Type and condition of tyre • Speed of the vehicle • Brake efficiency • Load and tyre pressure • Temperature of tyre and pavement .friction • Skidding: when the path travelled along the road s more than the circumferential movement of the whe due to their rotation.

35 to 0. Smooth and worn out tyres offer higher friction factor on dry pavement but new tyre with good thre gives higher friction factor on wet pavement IRC recommended the longitudinal co- efficient of friction varies 0.4 and lateral co-efficient of friction of 0.15 .

Pavement unevenness • Higher operating speed are possible on even surfa uneven surface. • 250 cm/km for a speed of 100kmph and more tha cm/km considered very unsatisfactory even at spee kmph.  Vehicle operation cost  Comfort and safety  Fuel consumption  Wear and tear of tyres and other moving parts • It is commonly measure by an equipment call “Bu Integrator” • Bump integrator is the cumulative measure of ver undulations of the pavement surface recorded per u horizontal length. . • It affects.

Poor maintenance . Improper surface and subsurface drainage.Unevenness of pavement surface may be cau In adequate compaction of the fill. Use of inferior pavement material. Un-scientific construction practices includin the use of boulder stones and bricks as soilin course over loose subgrade soil. Improper construction machinery. subgrad and pavement layers.


Light reflecting characteristics • Night visibility very much depends upon the reflecting characteristics of the pavement sur • The glare caused by the reflection of head li high on wet pavement surface than on dry pavement particularly in case of black top pavement or flexible pavement. and produces g eye strain during bright sunlight. . • Light colored or white pavement or rigid pavement surface give good visibility at nig particularly during the rain.

Highway cross section elem • Carriageway • Side slope • Shoulder • Kerb • Roadway width • Guard rail • Right of way • Side drain • Building line • Other facilities • Control line • Median • Camber/ cross slope • Crown .

it takes the vehicular loading . • As per IRC specification.minimum clearance of 0.44m. the maximum width vehicle is 2. • Width of carriageway is determined on the ba of the width of the vehicle and the minimum s clearance for safety.Carriageway: • It is the travel way which is used for moveme vehicle.68 in case of single lane and 1. .02m in case of doubl lane.

75 b) two lane 9 4.5 4 .25 2 MDR a) Single lane 9 4. WIDTH OF CARRIAGEWAY SL.0 3 Two lane with raised kerbs 7.5 5 Multilane pavement 3. Class of road Width of carriageway in ‘m 1 Single lane 3.5/lane WIDTH OF ROADWAY OF VARIOUS CLASSES OF ROADS SL.75 3 ODR a) Single lane 7.5 4 Intermediate lane 5.75 b) two lane 9 4.5 4. No.75 4 Village roads-single lane 7.25 b) two lane 12 6. NO.75 2 Two lane without raised kerbs 7. Road classification Roadway width Plane and rolling terrainMountainous and steep terrain 1 NH & SH a) Single lane 12 6.

carriageway .

• The colour should be different from that of the pavement so as to be distinct. •Shoulder can be Treated/Un treated . • The surface of the should be rougher than the tra lanes so that vehicles are discouraged to use the shoulder as a regular traffic. • It act as a service lane for vehicles that have bro down. • IRC recommended the minimum shoulder width o • It should have sufficient load bearing capacity ev wet weather.Shoulder: • It is provided along the road edge to serve as an emergency lane for vehicle.

shoulder Cycle track Footpath .

Treated unTreated shoulder shoulder .

• It is desirable to acquire more width of land a cost of adjoining land invariably increases very much . • It depends on the importance of the road and possible future development. Right of way: • It is the total area of land acquired for the roa along its alignment. soon after the new highway is construc .Width of the roadway or formation widt • It is the sum of the width of the carriageway o pavement including separators if any and the shoulders.

. beyond the land width acquired the land. it is desirable control the nature of building upto further “s back distance” . It is desirable to cont the building activities on either side of the boundary.Building line: • In order to reserve sufficient space for futu development of roads. Control lines: • In addition to “building line”.

.2m.Traffic separators or median: • The main function is to prevent head on colli between the vehicle moving in opposite direct • Channelize traffic into streams at intersectio • Segregate slow traffic and to protect pedestr • IRC recommends a minimum desirable width and may be reduce to 3 m where land is restri • The minimum width of median in urban area 1.

4-lane divided carriage way or dual carriage way Median/ separator .

Cross slope or camber:
• It is the slope provided to the road surface in
transverse direction to drain off the rain water
from the road surface.
• To prevent the entry of surface water into the
subgrade soil through pavement.
• To prevent the entry of water into the bitumin
pavement layer.
• To remove the rain water from the pavement
surface as quick as possible and to allow the
pavement to get dry soon after the rain.
• It is expressed as a percentage or 1V:Nh.
• It depends on the pavement surface and amo
of rainfall.

Shape of the cross slope:
• Parabolic shape(fast moving vehicle)
• Straight line
• Combination of parabolic and straight line
Recommended values of camber for different types of road s
Sl no. Type of road surface Range of camber in areas o
fall range

heavy light
1 Cement concrete and high type 1 in 50(2%) 1 in 60(1.7%)
bituminous pavement

2 Thin bituminous surface 1 in 40(2.5%) 1 in 50(2%)
3 Water bound macadam(WBM) and gravel
I in 33(3%) 1 in 40(2.5%)

4 Earth 1 in 25(4%) 1 in 33(3%)

In a district where the rainfall is heavy,
and a state
district roadhighway of bituminous
of WBM pavement, 3.8concr
m wi
pavement, 7.0 m wide are to be construc
What should be the height of the crown w
respect to the edges in these two cases ?

• The height of the this type of shoulder kerb is about 10 c above the pavement edge with slope to help the vehicle the kerb easily. • It is of three types 1-Low or mountable kerb: • It allow the driver to enter the shoulder area with little difficulty. .Too steep slope is not desirable because of the follow reasons • Uncomfortable side thrust and unequal wear of the tyres well as road surface. • Problem of toppling over highly laden bullock cart and tru • Tendency of most of vehicle travel along the centre line. Kerb: • It indicates the boundary between the pavement and sho • It is desirable to provide kerbs in urban areas.

• Height of about 15 cm above the pavement e with a batter of 1:1 on the top 7.2-Semi-barrier kerb: • It is provided on the periphery of a roadway w the pedestrian traffic is high. • It prevents parking the vehicle but during emergency it is possible to drive over this ke some difficulty.25 . • The height of the kerb is about 20 cm above pavement edge with a steep batter of 1V:0.5 cm. 3-Barrier type kerb: • It is provided in built-up area adjacent to the paths with considerable pedestrian traffic.

kerb .

• It is also provided on horizontal curve so provide a better night visibility of the curve under the head light of the vehicle. Guard rail • It is provided at the edge of the shoulder when the road is constructed on a fill exc 3 m. .

Guard rail .


Sight Distance & Horizontal Alignm .

SIGHT DISTNCE • Sight distance available from a point is the a distance along the road surface. OR • It is the length of road visible ahead to the d at any instance. which a drive from a specified height above the carriageway has visibility of stationary or moving objects. .

Types of sight distance • Stopping or absolute minimum sight distance(SSD) • Safe overtaking or passing sight distance • Safe sight distance for entering into uncon intersection. • Intermediate sight distance • Head light sight distance .

safely without collision with any other obstructio Over taking sight distance: • The minimum distance open to the vision of the driver of intending to overtake slow vehicle ahead with safety ag traffic of opposite direction is known as the minimum ov sight distance (OSD) or the safe passing sight distance. .Stopping sight distance: • The minimum sight distance available on a highway at a should be of sufficient length to stop a vehicle traveling speed. Sight distance at intersection: • Driver entering an uncontrolled intersection (particularly unsignalised Intersection) has sufficient visibility to ena take control of his vehicle and to avoid collision with another vehicle.

This sight distance is critical at up-grad and at the ascending stretch of the valley cur . Head light sight distance: • This is the distance visible to a driver during driving under the illumination of the vehicle h lights. intermediate sight distance is provided to give limited overtaking opportu to fast vehicles.Intermediate sight distance: • This is defined as twice the stopping sight distance. When overtaking sight distance ca be provided.

Stopping Sight Distance • SSD is the minimum sight distance available highway at any spot having sufficient length to enable the driver to stop a vehicle traveling a design speed. safely without collision with an obstruction. It depends on: • Feature of road ahead • Height of driver’s eye above the road surface • Height of the object above the road surface(0 .

15m .2m • h = 0. Criteria for measurement • (h) •Height of driver’s eye above road surface (H) •Height of object above road surface(h) H h IRC • H = 1.

it divide into types 1. Perception time 2. Brake reaction time .Factors affecting the SSD • Total reaction time of driver • Speed of vehicle • Efficiency of brakes • Frictional resistance between road and ty • Gradient of road Total reaction time of driver: • It is the time taken from the instant the o is visible to the driver to the instant the bra is effectively applied.

Brake reaction time: • The brake reaction also depends on several f including the skill of the driver. the type of the problems and various other environment fac .Perception time: • it is the time from the instant the object com the line of sight of the driver to the instant he realizes that the vehicle needs to be stopped.

“PIEV” Theory
Total reaction time of driver is split into four
• P-perception
• I-intellection I-E

• E-Emotion
• V-Volition P V

• It is the time required for the sensation received b
eyes or ears to be transmitted to the brain through
nervous system and spinal chord.
• It is the time required for understanding the situat
• It is the time elapsed during emotional sensation a
disturbance such as fear, anger or any other emotio
feeling such as superstition etc, with reference to
• It is the time taken for the final action

Total reaction time of driver may be vary from 0.5 s

Analysis of SSD
• The stopping sight distance is the sum of
distance and the braking distance.
Lag distance:
• It is the distance, the vehicle traveled during the reactio
• If ‘V’ is the design speed in m/sec and ‘t’ is the total rea
time of the driver in seconds,

Lag distance=0.278 V.t met
lag distance = v.t metres.
Where “v” in m/sec Where “v” in Kmph,
t=2.5 sec T= time in sec=2.5 sec

where W is the total we of the vehicle. For a level road this is obtained by equating the work done in stop the vehicle and the kinetic energy of the veh • work done against friction force in stopping t vehicle is F x l = f W l. • The kinetic energy at the design speed of v m will be ½ m.Braking distance : • It is the distance traveled by the vehicle afte application of brake. v² .

278V.36 0.38 0. Braking distance= v²/2gf SSD=lag distance + braking distance SSD=0. kmph 30 40 50 60 ˃80 Longitudinal coefficient of 0.t + v²/254f Table 2.37 0.6: Coefficient of longitudinal friction Speed.35 friction • Two-way traffic single lane road: SSD=2*SSD • In one-way traffic with single or more lane or two way traffic with more than single lane: Minimum SSD= SSD .40 0.

t + v²/(2g(f+-0.278V.01n)) • + for ascending gradient • .for descending gradient • SSD=0.01n) . Stopping Distance at slope • SSD=v.t + v²/254(f+- 0.

5 sec Solution: Lag Distance= 0.75+26.Example-1 • Calculate the safe stopping sight distance for design speed of 50kmph for(a) two-way traffic on two lane road (b)two-way traffic on single lane road. Assume f=0.37=26.35m a)SSD on two way traffic on two lane= .60=61.37.278*50*2.5= 34. and reaction time 2.75m Braking Distance= V^2/254f= 50^2/254*0.278*V*T=0.60m SSD= 34.

01n)) =80^2/(254(.01*2)) =76.35-0.6 m Braking Distance=V^2/(254(f-0.278*80*2.5=55. assume other data as per IRC specification Solution: Lag Distance=0.35 m SSD= 55.Example-2 • Calculate the stopping sight distance on a highw descending gradient of 2% for design speed of 80 kmph.6+76.278*V*t=0.95m .35=131.

OVERTAKING SIGHT DISTANCE • The minimum distance open to the vision of the driver of a vehicle intending to overtake slow vehicle ahead with safety against the traffic of opposite direction is known as the minimum overtaking sight distance(OSD) or the safe passing sight distance.2 m above the road surface. • The overtaking sight distance or OSD is the distance measured along the centre of the road which a driver with his eye level 1. .2 m above the road surface can see the top of an object 1.

if any. • Distance between the overtaking and overtaken vehicles.Factors affecting the OSD • speeds of  overtaking vehicle  overtaken vehicle  the vehicle coming from opposite direction. • Skill and reaction time of the driver • Rate of acceleration of overtaking vehicle • Gradient of the road .

• D3 is the distance traveled by on-coming veh from C1 to C2 during the over taking operation A. Analysis of OSD • d1 is the distance traveled by overtaking veh “ ” during the reaction time t sec of the driver from position A1 to A2. i. . i time T sec. • D2 is the distance traveled by the vehicle A f to A3 during the actual overtaking operation.e. T sec. • Bis the overtaken or slow moving vehicle.

Analysis of OSD .

this distance will b equal to Vb. . • C is a vehicle coming from opposite directio the design speed V m/sec or V kmph • The distance traveled by the vehicle A durin reaction time is d1 and is between the positions A1 and A2.t meter • where t is the reaction time of the driver in second= 2 sec. Cont t • B is the overtaken or slow moving vehicle m with uniform speed Vb m/sec or Vb Kmph.

T S = SPACING OF VEHICLES = (0. t +Vb .7 Vb+ 6) T= √ 4s /a If the speed of the overtaken vehicle is not given Vb=(V-16) kmph.T + 2s + 0.28Vb .28 V. t +0. . where V= speed of overtaking vehicle in The minimum overtaking sight distance = d1+d2 two-way traffic.T + 2s + V. On divide highways and on roads with one way tr regulation.28 Vb. the overtaking distance = d1+d2as no v is expected from the opposite direction.T OSD = 0. OSD = d1+ d2+ d3 OSD = Vb.

• Desirable length of overtaking zones is kept five ti overtaking sight distance.e.. • The minimum length of overtaking zone should be time the safe overtaking distance i. These zones which are mean overtaking are called overtaking zones. i. . 3 (d1+d2) fo way roads and 3(d1+d2+d3) for two-way roads. But the overtaking opportunity vehicles moving at design speed should be giv frequent intervals. This is seldom practicable and may be stretches where the safe overtaking distanc not be provided..e. Overtaking Zones • It is desirable to construct highways in such a way length of road visible ahead at every point is sufficie safe overtaking. 5(d1+d2) for one-wa and 5(d1+d2+d3) for two-way roads.



Horizontal curve .

m/sec • g=acceleration due to gravity=9. kg • W = weight of the vehicle. Horizontal Curves • A horizontal highway curve is a curve in plan provide change in direction to the central line road. • P = centrifuge force.8m/sec . kg • R = radius of the circular curve. • P = W v²∕gR • Where. m • v = speed of vehicle. When a vehicle traverses a horizontal c the centrifugal force acts horizontally outwar through the centre of gravity of the vehicle.

P=Wv²/gR h A B W F b .

or when P/W = b/2h.t • P/W is known as the centrifugal ratio or the impac The centrifuge ratio is thus equal to v²∕gR • The centrifugal force acting on a vehicle negotiati horizontal curve has two effects  Tendency to overturn the vehicle outwards about th wheels  Tendency to skid the vehicle laterally. outwards •Overturning effectcondition for overturning will The equilibrium occur when Ph = Wb/2. This means that there is danger of overturning when the centrifugal ratio . Cont..

the centrifugal ratio P/W is eq ‘f ‘. the centrifugal ratio shoul always be less than b/2h and also ‘f’ . • Thus to avoid overturning and lateral skiddin a horizontal curve.Transverse skidding effect • P = FA+ FB= f(RA+RB) =fW • Since P = f W. In other words when the centrifugal ratio attains a value equal to the coefficient of late friction there is a danger of lateral skidding.

the outer edge of the pavement is raised with respect to the inn edge. • The Superelevation ‘e’ is expressed as the of the height of outer edge with respect to t horizontal width. . Superelevation • In order to counteract the effect of centrifu force and to reduce the tendency of the veh to overturn or skid. thus providing a transverse slope throughout the length of the horizontal cu this transverse inclination to the pavemen surface is known as Superelevation or can banking.

E=eB B .

Superelevation Rv P (centrifugal force) e W 1 ft α 2 2 Wsinα +F=Pcosα .

Analysis of Superelevation • The force acting on the vehicle while moving on a circular curve of radius R meters. at speed of v m/sec are • The centrifugal force P = Wv²/gR acting horizontal outwards through the centre of gravity. CG • The weight W of the vehicle acting vertically downloads through the CG • The frictional force developed between the wheels and the pavement counteractions transversely along the pavement surface towards the centre of the curve .

15x. Superelevation cont… 2 2 WV  WV Wsinα +f(wcosα+ sin  gR cos  gR  OR V2 tan  f  1ftan   Dividing Cos α on both s gR OR e f  V 2 1fe (1-fe)=1-0.o7=0.99≈ 1 gR 2 OR R V gf  e 2 OR e f  V OR ef  V2 gR 127R V in m/Sec V in kmph R in ‘m’ R in ‘m’ .

8 m/s .15 • v = speed of the vehicle. g =acceleration due to gravity = 9. Cont t • e = rate of Superelevation = tan Ө • f = design value of lateral friction coeffici 0. m/sec • R = radius of the horizontal curve.

it is essential to limit the value of maximum allowable Superelevation.0 %. • Indian Roads Congress had fixed the maximum limit of Superelevation in plan and rolling terrains and is snow bound areas as 7. the centrifugal force will be negligibly small in the case of bullock carts. Maximum Superelevation • In the case of heavily loaded bullock carts and trucks carrying less dense materials like straw or cotton. . Hence to avoid the danger of toppling of such loaded slow moving vehicles. • On hill roads not bound by snow a maximum Superelevation upto 10% . the centre of gravity of the loaded vehicle will be relatively high and it will not be safe for such vehicles to move on a road with a high rate of Superelevation. Because of the slow speed.0 %. • On urban road stretches with frequent intersections. it may be necessary to limit the maximum Superelevation to 4.

then the minimum Superelevation to be provided on horizontal curve may be limited to the camber of the surface. Minimum Superelevation • From drainage consideration it is necessary to have a minimum cross to drain off the surface water. If the calculated Superelevation is equal to or less than the camber of the road surface. .

Design ofSuperelevation • Step-1: The Superelevation for 75 percent of design speed (v m/sec/kmph) is calculated neglecting the friction.07 • If the value of f thus calculated is less than 0. . • Step-3: Check the coefficient of friction of friction developed for maximum value of e =0. 2 V f = 127R -0. calculate the restricted given in step -4. If not.07 is safe for the design speed.0 provides maximum Superelevation equal to 0.75V)^2 e= V 2 e = 127R 225R • Step-2: If the calculated value of ‘e’ is less than 7% or 0.07 at the full value of design speed.07 the v so obtained is provided.15 the Superelevat 0. If the value of ‘e’ as step-1 exceeds 0.07 and proceed w 3 or 4. (0.

07+0.15=va²/127R • If the allowed speed. • e+f=0. . Cont.t • Step-4 The allowable speed (Va m/sec. or Va K at The curve is calculated by considering the d coefficient of lateral friction and the maximum Superelevation. as calculated above is h than the design speed. then the design is adeq and provides a Superelevation of ‘e’ equal to • If the allowable speed is less than the design the speed is limited to the allowed speed Va km calculated above and Appropriate warning sign speed limit regulation sign are installed to rest and regulate the speed.

917 ( Superelevation is very high) .  Calculate the superelevation required if full lateral friction is assum develop  Calculate the coefficient of friction needed if no superelevation is provided.917 c) f=0. Solution: a) e + f = V^2/127R e + 0. e= V^2/127*R=50^2/127*100=0.  Calculate the equilibrium superelevation if the pressure on inner a outer wheels should be equal. Example-1 • The radius of horizontal circular curve is 100m. The desi speed is 50kmph and the design coefficient of lateral fr is 0.15.047 b) No superelevation f=V^2/127*R =50^2/127*100= 0.15= 50^2/127*100 e= 0.

Exapmle-2: • Design the super elevation for a horizonta highway curve of radius 500m and speed 100kmph Solution: e= V^2/(225*R)= 100^2/(225*500)=0.087 . superelevation will be restricted to 0.07 Check for f f= V^2/(127*R) –e =100^2/(127*500) -0.07 =0.07.089 As the value is greater than 0.

Radius of Horizontal Curve • The ruling minimum radius of the curve for r design speed v m/sec. (V+16) km .. 16 kmph higher than the design speed i.e. 2 V RRulling = 127(e+f) • According to the earlier specifications of the the ruling minimum radius of the horizontal c was calculated from a speed value. or V kmph is given by.

9m say R min= V^2/(127(e+f))= 80^2/(127(0. Assu ruling design speed and minimum design speed values as 100 and 80 kmph respecti Solution: R rulling= V^2/(127(e+f))= 100^2/(127(0 = 357. Example-1 • Calculate the values of ruling minimum a absolute minimum radius of horizontal cur of a national highway in plane terrain.07+ = 230m .

it is common to widen the pav slightly more than the normal width. especially when they ar very large radii. . the driver have ten to follow the central path of the lane. While two vehicle cross or overtake at horizontal there is psychological tendency to maintain a great clearance between the vehicle for safety. • Widening is needed for the following reasons The driver experience difficulties in steering arou curve. known as ‘Off tracking’ For greater visibility at curve. Widening of Pavement on Horizontal Cur • On horizontal curves. but to use the side at the beginning of the curve. The vehicle occupies a greater width as the rear w don’t track the front wheel.

. This phenomenon is called off tracking. the rear wheel do not follow the sa path as that of the front wheels. radius o curve ‘R’ and the psychological factors. • The required extra widening of the pavem the horizontal curves depends on the lengt the wheel base of the vehicle ‘l’.Off tracking • An automobile has a rigid wheel base and the front wheels can be turned. when this vehicle takes a turn to negotiate a horizo curve.

to provide for greater maneuverability steering at high speed. Mechanical widening (Wm): the widening requir account for the off tracking due to the rigidity of wheel base is called mechanical widening Psychological widening (Wps): extra width of th pavement is also provided for psychological rea such as . to allow for the extra sp for overhangs of vehicles and to provide greater clearance for crossing and overturning vehicles curve. • Total widening W = Wps+ Wm . Analysis of extra widening on curv • It is divided into two parts.

B R1 OA2 = OB2 .Wm)2 = R22 .Mechanical Widening Wm Wm = R2 .l2 C A O (R2 .Wm) Wm = l2 / 2 R (Approx.Wm) Wm = l2 / (2 R2 .R 1 From Δ OAB.BA2 l R2 R12 = R22 .l2 l2 = Wm (2 R2 .) or Wm=nl²/2R .

1m for commercial vehicles) V= design speed.0 m or 6.Where. n=no. of traffic lanes R = Mean radius of the curve. m l = Length of Wheel base of longest vehicle . m ( l = 6. R = Mean radius of the curve in m. kmph .

km/h R = Radius of the curve. m Total extra widening = Mechanical widening +Psychological Widening We= nl 2 + V 2 R R .5 WPs = R (Empirical formula) V = Design speed of the vehicle.Psychological Widening V/9.


0 m.466 .5*sqrt250) =0. de speed is 70 kmph.Example-1 • Calculate the extra widening required for pavement of width 7m on a horizontal cur radius 250m if the longest wheel base of vehicle expected on the road is 7.196+0. Solution: Here n=2(Two lane for pavement width 7m L=7 =2*7^2/2*250 + 70/ (9.

Circular curve Straight curve . Horizontal transition curves • When a non circular curve is introduce bet straight and a circular curve has a varying r which decreases from infinity at the straight (tangent point) to the desired radius of the circular curve at the other end (curve point) the gradual introduction of centrifugal force known as transition curve.

Objectives for providing transition cur  To introduce gradually the centrifugal force between t tangent point and the beginning of the circular curve. avoiding sudden jerk on the vehicle.  To enable the driver turn the steering gradually for his comfort and security  To provide gradual introduction of super elevation  To provide gradual introduction of extra widening.  To enhance the aesthetic appearance of the road. This increases the comfort of passengers. .

29. • Lemniscate Justo • IRC recommends spiral as the transition cu because it fulfills the requirement of an idea transition curve. Type of transition curve • spiral or clothoid • cubic parabola Follow the Fig-4.K. that is. . rate of change or centrifugal acceleration is consistent Radius of the transition curve is infinity at the str edge and changes to R at the curve point (Ls ᾳ1/R)and calculation and field implementation is ve easy. Khanna and C. p-126 of highw Engineering by S.

8 C = (75+V) • Where. Ls= length of transition curve in ‘m’ C= allowable rate of change of centrifugal accler sec² R= Radius of the circular curve in ‘m’ .5 < C < 0. Length of transition curve • Case-1:Rate of change of centrifugal accelera 3 0.0215V LS = CR 80 0.

case-2:Rate of introduction of super-elevatio • If the pavement is rotated about the cente Ls=EN/2=eN/2(W+We) • If the pavement is rotated about the inner Ls= EN= eN(W+We) • Where W is the width of pavement • We is the extra widening • Rate of change of superelevation of 1 in N .

case-3:By empirical formula • According to IRC standards: For plane and rolling terrain: 2 2.2 and 3 .7V LS = R For mountainous and steep terrain: 2 V LS = R The design length of transition curve(Ls) will be the highest value of case-1.

07  Solution: a)Ls as per allowable rate of centrifugal acceleration C= 80/(75+v)= 80/(75+65)=0.7*65^2/220 = 51.5 m • Superelevation.57*220)= 47.07*150/2*7.  Design speed= 65 kmph  Radius of circular curve= 220 m  Allowable rate of superelevation= 1 in 150  Pavement rotated about the centre line of the pavment  Pavement width including extra widening= 7.7*V^2/R= 2.0215*65^3/(0.9 m Adopt highest value among three number.Example-1 • Calculate the length of the transition curve using the following data.57 m/sec^3 Ls=0.0215*v^3/(C*R)= 0.9m . answer is 51.1m b)Ls as per allowable rate of superelevation Ls= eN/2*(w+we) =0. e=0.5= 39 m c)Minimum Ls as per IRC Ls=2.

Vertical Alignment .

. Vertical alignment The vertical alignment is the elevation or profile of the centre line of the road. The vertical alignment consist of grade and vertical curve and it influence the vehicle speed. acceleration. sight distance and comfort in vehicle movements at high speed.

Some times the gradient is expressed as a percentage i. Gradient • It is the rate of rise or fall along the length road with respect to the horizontal.1 in X (-ve or descending) valley summit . n% (n in 100 • Represented by: +n % + 1 in X (+ve or Ascending) or -n% .e. It is expressed as a ratio of 1 in x (1 vertical unit horizontal unit).

Typical Gradients (IRC) • Ruling Gradient • Limiting Gradient • Exceptional gradient • Minimum Gradient • Ruling gradient (design gradient): • It is the maximum gradient within which the designer attempts to design the vertical profile of road. it depends on  Type of terrain  Length of grade  Speed  Pulling power of vehicles  Presence of horizontal curves  Mixed traffic .

In hilly roads. it depends on  Topography  Cost in constructing the road • ExceptionalGradient: Exceptional gradient are very steeper gradients given at unavoidable situations.Limiting Gradient: • Steeper than ruling gradient. They should be limited for short stretches not exceeding about 100 m at a stretch. it may be frequently necessary to exceed ruling gradient and adopt limiting gradient. .

7) .3% 5% 6. Value of gradient as per IRC Terrain Ruling Limiting Exceptional gradient gradient gradient Plain and Rolling 3.70% (1 in 30) Mountainous terrain 5% 6% 7% (1 in 20) Steep terrain up to 5% 6% 7% 3000m (MSL) (1 in 20) 6% 7% 8% Steep terrain ( >3000m) (1 in 16.

SUMMIT CURVE Length of summit curve(L) for SSD • Case-1(L > SSD)  NS2 NS2 2H 2 or L 2h • Case-2(L < SSD) 2  2H 2h or L2S L2S N N .

length of summit curve for OSD • Case-1(L > OSD) NS 2 NS 2 L or L 8H • Case-2(L < OSD) 8H L2S or L2S N N S=sight distance i.15 m .e. OSD or ISD N= deviation angle i.e. 1.e. algebraic difference between two grade H=height of driver eye above the carriageway i. SSD.2 m h=height of driver eye above the carriageway i.e. 0.

38NV  3 2 N= deviation angle i.e.6 m/sec³ V= speed of vehicle in kmph . VALLEY CURVE Length of valley curve for comfort condition 1 3  V 2 OR N    L2      C  1     L0. algebraic difference between two grade C= rate of change of centrifugal acceleration may be taken as 0.

e.50.r. Length of valley curve for head light sight dis • Case-1(L > SSD) 2 NS 2 NS L OR L  2h1 2Stan   1. algebraic difference between two grade. S=head light distance is equal to SSD .035S L2S OR L2S N N h1=height of head light above the carriesway α= inclination of focused portion of the beam of light w.50.035S • Case-2(L < SSD) 2h 1 2Stan 1.t horizontal or be N= deviation angle i.

+3% and -5%. N= 0.03.Example -1 • A vertical summit curve is formed at the intersection of two gradient. Design the length of summit curve to provide a SSD of 128 m for a design speed of 80 kmph.9 > 128m Length of summit curve= 298 m .4 = 0. L= NS^2/4.4 =297. Solution: Deviation angle .08*128^2/4.08 Assuming L>SSD.05) = 0. Assume any other data as per IRC.(-0.


Introduction To Pavement .

such as a road or walk • It is of two types Flexible pavement or bituminous pave or black top pavement Rigid pavement or cement concrete pavement or white surface pavement . PAVEMENT • pavement is the durable surface materi down on an area intended to sustain vehic load or foot traffic.

Surfacing cannot be laid directly 3. COMPARISON OF FLEXIBLE PAVEMENT & RIGID PAVEM FLEXIBLE PAVEMENT RIGID PAVEMENT 1. No such phenomenon of grain grain contact to grain load transfer exists 3. Road cannot be used until 14 within 24 hours days of curing 10. expansion joints are needed 5. Initial cost of construction is low high 8. Damaged by Oils and Certain 10. Thermal stresses are induced 4. Maintenance cost is high 8. Load is transferred by grain to 2. Have low flexural strength 1. Have more flexural strength 2. Design life 20-30 years 6. Road can be used for traffic 9. No Damage by Oils and other Chemicals chemicals . Design life 10-15 years 7. Less maintenance cost 9. No thermal stresses are induced 5. Initial cost of construction is 7. expansion joints are not needed 6. Surfacing can be directly laid o on the sub grade but a sub base the sub grade is needed 4.

Wheel Load Distribution .


Rigid Pavement .

• Structurally strong to withstand all types of stresses imposed upon it. • Produce least noise from moving vehicles. • Impervious surface. Requirements of a pavement • Sufficient thickness to distribute the wheel load stresses to a safe value on the sub-grade soil. so that sub-grade soil is well protected. • Long design life with low maintenance cost. • Adequate coefficient of friction to prevent skidding of vehicles. • Dust proof surface so that traffic safety is not impaired by reducing visibility. . • Smooth surface to provide comfort to road users even at high speed.

c/s of flexible pavement c/s of rigid pavement .

c/s of flexible pavement Load is transferred by grain to grain .

It provides pro bonding between two layer of binder course. Prime Coat: Prime coat is an application of low viscous l bituminous material over an existing porous or abso pavement surface like is genera applied on impervious surface. • Prime objective is to plug the capillary voids of the porou surface and to bond the loose materials on the existing like granular bases on which binder layer is placed. Tack Coat: Tack coat is a very light application of asphalt asphalt emulsion diluted with water. . Typical layers of a flexible pave Seal Coat: Seal coat is a thin surface treatment used to w proof the surface and to provide skid resistance and to s surfacing against the ingress of water. It pr bonding between two layers.

Prime coat Seal coat .

etc. Also it will prevent the entrance excessive quantities of surface water into the und base. sub-base and sub-grade. • It provides characteristics such as friction. • It provide a smooth and skid. Typical layers of a flexible pavement Surface course: • Surface course is the layer directly in contact with loads and generally contains superior quality mater They are usually constructed with dense graded a concrete(AC). smooth drainage.resistant riding surfa • It must be water proof to protect the entire base a sub-grade from the weakening effect of water. .

so replacing a part of the surface course by the bi course results in more economical design. Base course: • The base course is the layer of material immediately ben the surface of binder course and it provides additional lo distribution and contributes to the sub-surface drainage be composed of crushed stone and other untreated stabilized materials. Typical layers of a flexible pav Binder course: • This layer provides the bulk of the asphalt concrete struc It's chief purpose is to distribute load to the base course • The binder course generally consists of aggregates havi asphalt and doesn't require quality as high as the surface course. .

Typical layers of a flexible pav • Sub-Base course: The sub-base course is the lay material beneath the base course and the primary functions are to provide structural support. . F example. n optimum moisture content. • It may WBM or WMM • A sub-base course is not always needed or used. a pavement constructed over a high qualit • Sub-grade: The top soil or sub-grade is a layer of soil prepared to receive the stresses from the laye It is essential that at no time soil sub-grade is ove • It should be compacted to the desirable density. improve drainage.


Rigid pavement Transverse joint .

• Soak the Specimen in Water for FOU
days and CBR to be Determined.

• Use of Expansive Clays NOT to be U
as Sub-grade

• Non-expansive Soil to be Preferred.

• Subgrade to be Well Compacted to Utilize its

• Top 500 mm to be Compacted to 97% of MDD
(Modified Proctor).

• Material Should Have a Dry Density of 1.75 g

• Material - Natural Sand, Moorum, Gra
Laterite, Kankar, Brick Metal, Crushed
Stone, Crushed Slag, Crushed Concre

• GSB- Close Graded / Coarse Graded

• Parameters - Gradation, LL, PI, CBR

• Stability and Drainage Requirements

Thickness .<10 msa • Min.200 mm . WMM • Min. Sub-base • Min. CBR 20 % .Traffic up-to 2 msa • Min.>10 msa . Thickness .Traffic > 2 msa • If GSB is Costly. CBR 30 %.150 mm . Adopt WBM.

CBR . CBR 10% (in addition to the Sub-Base) • In case of Stage Construction .Pavement Thickness for 2 % CBR + Capping layer of 150 mm with Min.Thickness of GSB for Full Design Life .2 % • If CBR < 2% . Sub-base • Min.

225 mm .> 2 msa • WBM . 300 mm ( 4 layers .< 2 msa • Min. Base Course • Unbound Granular Bases .WBM / WMM or any other Granular Construction • Min.250 mm .Min. Thickness . Thickness .75mm each) .