Residential Streets

Residential Streets Task Force, ASCE

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-87262-746-8 (ISBN-13) | 0-87262-746-2 (ISBN-10), 1990, Soft Cover, Pg. 104
Second Edition
Out of Print: Not available at ASCE Bookstore.

Document Type: Book


This book, Residential Street Design is a joint effort of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the National Association of Home Buiders, and ULI—the Urban Land Institute in order to update and expand the general principles and design considerations outlined in their joint 1974 publication. The basic philosophy on which Residential Street Design is based states that the design of a residential street should be appropriate to its functions. This includes not only a street's place in the transportation system but its role as part of a residential community's living environment. With this idea as its foundation, the book goes on to discuss specific criteria, specification standards, and performance experience. First, current practices in residential street design consistent with this basic philosophy are outlined. This section covers such topics as neighborhood accessibility, pavement widths, alleys, speed, streetscape, and curbs. This is followed by a discussion of design criteria and specifications related to intersections such as spacing, curb radius, and clear sight distance. Next, streets as drainage systems are described. This includes such subjects as the difference between closed and open systems, runoff amounts, maximum velocity in gutters, and block and lot grading. Finally, pavement and the various options available are discussed. In addition, short discussions on special features and innovations in street design and life cycle cost analysis are presented.

Subject Headings: Streets | Residential location | Highway and road design | Pavements | Drainage systems | Urban and regional development | Joints | Publications


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