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slope angle of roads (help please)

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Chinook, 24 Mar 2006.

  1. Chinook


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 109

    Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne

    quick question, does anyone know what kind of slope angle (measured in degrees) are typically used for major roads (like motorways). obviously they would ideally be as flat as possible but this isnt always gonna happen due to varying topography and budgets. must be some limit so that HGVs etc are able to make steady progress?

    anyone any experience from construction/planning?

  2. Stringy


    Joined: 2 Aug 2004

    Posts: 4,286

    Location: The moon

    Just go out there with a protractor you lazy bugger

  3. Phantom


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 9,809

    Location: Southampton, Hampshire

    contact highway maintenance their number is bound to be in the book. i'm sure they will be able to give you some facts and figures.
  4. AthlonTom


    Joined: 22 Oct 2004

    Posts: 1,884

    The camber of a road is very dependent on the sorrounding, for example a housing estate will generally have its highest point in the middle of the road with two degrees camber to let water run off, Motorays have camber so they have ever so slightly banked corners. I dont think there is a specific answer to this question though.
  5. pugster


    Joined: 17 Nov 2002

    Posts: 1,515

    Location: west mids

    dont know the exact camber but there is one, if roads were flat you would need a boat on the motorway when it rains ,water has to run off somehow.

    *bah beaten by seconds by above poster :p
  6. Sleepy


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 7,394

    Location: Leicestershire

    I believe the OP means max gradient not camber or bank angles.