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CE-864 Geometric Design of Highways & Freeways
Campus SCEE (NIT)
Programs PG
Session Summer Semester 2016
Course Title Geometric Design of Highways & Freeways
Course Code CE-864
Credit Hours 3-0
Course Objectives Course Objectives: The Geometric Design of Highways/Freeways deals with the portioning of the physical elements of the roadway according to standards and constraints. The basic objective in geometric design is to provide a smooth-flowing, crash-free facility.

Course Outcomes: The outcomes / aims of the course are as following:
  • An ability to apply to highway geometric design the knowledge that critical components of the traffic system – drivers, vehicles, roads and highways, physical environment, and traffic control devises – interact to form traffic streams.
  • An ability to apply the concept of capacity and level of service to performance evaluation, design, and planning of freeways, two-lane two-way highways, urban streets and intersections.
  • An ability to prepare a presentation file summarizing the tasks the team members have done in the design a highway and an intersection assigned for the term project and present it as a team.
Detail Content
  1. Highway Function. Systems and Classifications, the concept of Functional Classification and Functional System Characteristics.
  2. Design controls and Criteria. Design Vehicles, Drivers performance and Traffic Characteristics.
  3. Element of Design. Sight Distance, General Considerations, Stopping Sight Distance, Decision Sight Distance, Passing Sight Distance, Sight Distance for Multilane Highways, Horizontal and Vertical Alignment.
  4. Cross Section Elements. Pavement, Lane Widths, Shoulders, Horizontal Clearance, Curbs Walkways, Drainage, Traffic Barriers, Medians, and Noise Control.
  5. Freeways. General Design Considerations, Urban Freeways, Elevated Freeways, Ground-Level Freeways, Combination Type Freeways, Rural Freeways, and Special Freeways Designs.
  6. At Grade Intersections, Design Considerations and Objectives, Intersection Curves, Design for Turning Roadways, Sight Distances and Traffic Control Devices.
  7. Grade Separations and Interchanges. Types of Interchanges, warrants for Interchanges and Grade Separations, Adaptability of Highway Grade Separations and Interchanges, Grade Separation Structures, Interchanges Design Considerations, Weaving Sections and Ramps.
Text/Ref Books
  1. Highway Engineering by Oglesby and Hicks. Fourth Edition.
  2. Highway Engineering by Wright and Raquetta.
  3. Highways and Buildings by Khalid HussianSiddiqui.
  4. Highways Engineering by Gun Charan Singh.
  5. A policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets - AASHTO Guide.
  6. Highways by C.A.O Flaherty.
Time Schedule Summer Semester 2014
Faculty/Resource Person Dr. Muhammad Babar Khan
PhD, South West Jiaotong University, China
Discipline: Civil Engineering
Specialty: Railway Transportation