Study of Influence of Barriers on Visibility of Two-Way Highways

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Érica Santos Matos
Ana Paula C, Larocca
Felipe Issa Kabbach

Stopping Sight Distance (SSD) must be guaranteed the entire length of a highway. However, elements of the cross-section in the design can interfere with sight distances. This can be the case when barriers, rather than medians, are used on two-way highways, especially along left curves. Thus, this study analyzed the position of barriers in a hypothetical scenario using graphic three-dimensional simulations. The lateral offset of the barrier relative to the roadway was defined according to each design speed and radius of the horizontal curve was analyzed. The results of the simulation were compared with the model, which was found in Brazilian guides, for offsetting fixed objects from horizontal curves. The differences found in this study demonstrated the viability of the method used, and the project was considered useful as a whole because it was developed in a three-dimensional fashion.

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