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2.8 Pavements and Curbs

Materials. Usually the best wearing paving materials are those that are used extensively in the local area. Pavements and curbs should be designed for ease of long-term maintenance, not just for first cost.

Curbs. Curbs should be designed per local standard practice. Surface-applied precast concrete curbs or asphalt-type curbs are not allowed as a permanent solution for channeling traffic and/or drainage on site.

Public Streets and Sidewalks. The GSA project may be in an area for which there are no established urban design guidelines, but where such considerations would be valuable. Designs should consider proposing new curb lines, sidewalk widening, or street configurations to enhance pedestrian access, perimeter security, and urban design quality. Although such public works may not ultimately become part of the project scope, the design can be a catalyst for encouraging local action to enhance project quality.

Drives. Drives should meet local code requirements for street design, construction requirements, materials and surface finishes.

Fire Lanes. Grass pavers or open concrete grids are encouraged for fire lanes that do not carry normal vehicular traffic.

Service Areas. Areas for truck maneuvering should have concrete pavements.

Pavement Markings. Follow local street code.

Signage for Roads and Parking Lots. The minimum number of signs necessary to convey the information should be used; these must comply with UFAS/ADA.

 


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