Thursday, January 27

Thursdays: Traffic Engineering Terms

Thursdays of the week is the time to enrich your knowledge in traffic engineering. The following definitions of traffic engineering terms were taken from Dr. Ricardo Sigua in his book Fundamentals of Traffic Engineering, as such, they are quoted below.

"AADTannual average daily traffic; it is estimated as the total volume counted over one year divided by the number of days in the year.

ADT average daily traffic; obtained by averaging traffic volume over a number of days at least 2 days and less than 365 days.

Blackspots – hazardous or accident-prone locations.

Broken back curve – a curve characterized by a short tangent between two subcurves in the same direction.

Capacity – the maximum hourly rate at which persons or vehicles can reasonably be expected to traverse a point or uniform section of a lane or roadway during a given time period under prevailing roadway, traffic, and control conditions."

Other terms will be posted next week. So, wait and learn more!

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