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Chapter: Civil - Highway Engineering - Geometric Design Of Highways

Creeper lane

When the uphill climb is extremely long, it may be desirable to introduce an additional lane so as to allow slow ascending vehicles to be removed from the main stream so that the fast moving vehicles are not affected.

Creeper lane

 

When the uphill climb is extremely long, it may be desirable to introduce an additional lane so as to allow slow ascending vehicles to be removed from the main stream so that the fast moving vehicles are not affected. Such a newly introduced lane is called creeper lane. There are no hard and fast rules as when to introduce a creeper lane. But generally, it can be said that it is desirable to provide a creeper lane when the speed of the vehicle gets reduced to half the design speed. When there is no restrictive sight distance to reduce the speed of the approaching vehicle, the additional lane may be initiated at some distance uphill from the beginning of the slope. But when the restrictions are responsible for the lowering of speeds, obviously the lane should be initiated at a point closer to the bottom of the hill. Also the creeper lane should end at a point well beyond the hill crest, so that the slow moving vehicles can return back to the normal lane without any danger.

 

In addition, the creeper lane should not end suddenly, but only in a tapered manner for efficient as well as safer transition of vehicles to the normal lane.


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