Design standards

A textbook on highway engineering once said that there are three topics to consider in road design: the vehicle, the user and the road. We can add two more to this list:

  • Road standards – There are very many of these. They may contradict each other, be out of date or simply wrong
  • The person designing the road – who may misread the road standards, or make human errors when preparing the design

So for example, any investigation of a road traffic accident should include a look at the design of the road, the road standards used in preparing it, and perhaps the person / or organisation which designed it.

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About roadnotes

Robert Bartlett is an international consultant with over 30 years of professional experience as a highway and traffic engineer with leading companies and organisations in several countries, including Germany, China (Hong Kong), Qatar and the UK. Specialised in urban studies, transport and the use of GIS, research has included new ideas on subjects such as the study of social justice using GIS, the dimensions of vehicles, and comparative geometrics (highways and transport).
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