Curb Removal Study, HR-76, Progress Report, 1962

(1962) Curb Removal Study, HR-76, Progress Report, 1962. Transportation, Department of


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Pavements constructed in Iowa during the period of the 1920's through the late 1940's were built with an integral curb. The purpose of the curb was to control drainage of water from the pavement surface in areas where runoff took place at a very rapid rate. It is for this reason that curbing is found on pavements constructed during this period. The curbing led the water flowing on the pavement surface to drainage outlets; this helped reduce erosion along the edge of the slab. The curbs have satisfactorily performed the job for which they were intended. The advent of bigger and faster vehicles has created a demand for changes in the design of pavements. Current designs provide wider driving surfaces with reduced grades which can better accommodate the wider cars and trucks. By present day design standards the narrow highways are inadequate and are being replaced or improved. The normal improvement procedure is to widen to 24 feet by providing additional driving surface at each edge of the pavement. Curbing is removed from the pavement so that the surface of the widening can be placed at the same level as that of the slab.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Alternatives analysis, Curbs, Pavement widening, Pavements, Roadside
Subjects: Transportation > Pavements
Transportation > Roads and highways
Transportation > Design and Construction
Transportation > Maintenance and preservation
ID Code: 19615
Deposited By: Iowa DOT Library
Deposited On: 01 Jun 2015 11:17
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2015 11:17