Table of contents

Overview

The Roadside Design Guide is part of a broader design guidance framework – design guides, manuals, instructions, and codes – that deal with all aspects of highway design.

The Guide outlines the general philosophy and principles of roadside design and presents current practices and guidelines governing roadside design activities.

Specific design topics include:

  • grading and drainage
  • roadside and median barrier systems
  • barrier end treatments and crash cushions
  • bridges
  • signs, supports, and poles
  • other roadside features
  • work zones
  • urban and restricted areas

Active standard drawings

Revision triangles shown on the standard drawings are used to show revisions in the general area of the drawing and may not necessarily show each revision separately. A single revision triangle may identify several changes in the standard drawing. Users should compare the new version of a drawing to the previous version to determine all changes.

Last updated October 2019.

  • Weak post and strong post W-Beam guardrail
    • TEB 3.01
      W-Beam Guardrail Hardware Wood Spacer Block and Post
      Revision: 1 (Mar/11/16)
    • TEB 3.02
      W-Beam Guardrail Hardware Rail Detail
      Revision: 3 (Aug/05/07)
    • TEB 3.03
      W-Beam Guardrail Hardware End Section, Wing
      Revision: 3 (Aug/05/07)
    • TEB 3.05
      W-Beam Guardrail Hardware Terminal Connector
      Revision: 1 (Jul/12/05)
    • TEB 3.06
      W-Beam Guardrail Hardware Bolt, Nut and Washer
      Revision: 2 (Sep/14/05)
    • TEB 3.09
      Strong Post W-Beam Blocked Out Guardrail
      Revision: 7 (Mar/11/16)
    • TEB 3.11a
      Strong Post W-Beam Blocked Out Terminal End Treatment Wing End
      Revision: 1 (Sept/14/05)
    • TEB 3.11b
      Weak Post W-Beam Blocked Out Terminal End Treatment Wing End
      Revision: 1 (Sept/14/05)
    • TEB 3.15a
      Typical W-Beam Strong Post or Modified Thrie Beam Guardrail Placement Roadside Hazards, 2 and 4 Lane Highways
      Revision: 1 (Jul/02/13)
    • TEB 3.16a
      Typical Strong Post W-Beam or Modified Thrie Beam Guardrail Placement at Bridge Approaches, 2 Lane Highway
      Revision: 3 (Jul/02/13)
    • TEB 3.17a
      Typical Strong Post W-Beam or Modified Thrie Beam Guardrail Placement at Bridge Approaches, 4 Lane Divided Highway
      Revision: 2 (Jul/02/13)
    • TEB 3.18a
      Typical Strong Post W-Beam or Modified Thrie Beam Guardrail Placement for Median Hazards
      Revision: 0 (Jul/12/05)
    • TEB 3.56a
      Weak Post W-Beam Installation on First Stage Paving Projects
      Revision: 2 (Jul/02/13)
    • RDG-B1.1
      W-Beam Cable Anchor Terminal: Exit End Treatment for Divided Highways
      Revision: 1 (Mar/11/16)
    • RDG-B1.2
      Hardware Details for W-Beam and Thrie Beam Guardrail Cable Anchor Terminal
      Revision: 0 (Nov/07)
    • RDG-B1.3
      Foundation Tube and Foundation Tube Soil Plate Details for W-Beam and Thrie Beam Cable Anchor Terminal
      Revision: 0 (Nov/07)
    • RDG-B1.5
      W-Beam Strong Post TL-3 Fleat 350 Energy Absorbing Terminal
      Revision: 1 (Mar/11/16)
    • RDG-B1.6
      W-Beam Strong Post TL-3 Fleat MT Energy Absorbing Terminal for Median Applications
      Revision: 1 (Mar/11/16)
    • RDG-B1.7
      W-Beam Strong Post Median or Gore Area Termination TL-3 CAT 350 Terminal
      Revision: 1 (Mar/11/16)
    • RDG-B1.9
      Transition of Weak Post W-Beam Guardrail to Strong Post W-Beam Guardrail
      Revision: 2 (Mar/11/16)
    • RDG-B1.10
      Strong Post W-Beam Guardrail for Mountable and Semi-Mountable Curb
      Revision: 0 (Jul/09)
    • RDG-B1.11
      Typical Strong Post W-Beam Guardrail TL-3 End Treatment with Curb and Gutter Transition
      Revision: 0 (Jul/09)
    • RDG-B1.12
      Typical Material Widening for Barrier Installations
      Revision: 0 (Apr/12)
    • RDG-B1.13
      90 Degree Short Radius Guardrail
      Revision: 1 (Feb/18)
    • TEB 3.54
      W-Beam Guardrail Specifications for Curved Rails
      Revision: 1 (Jan/18)
  • High Tension Cable System
    • RDG-B2.1
      Typical High Tension Cable Barrier Median Installation Slopes 6(H):1(V) or Flatter
      Revision: 1 (Oct/28/16)
    • RDG-B2.2
      Typical High Tension Cable Barrier Median Installation 6(H):1(V) Slopes=4(H):1(V)
      Revision: 1 (Oct/28/16)
    • RDG-B2.3
      Typical High Tension Cable Barrier Median Installation Slopes Steeper Than 4(H):1(V)
      Revision: 1 (Oct/28/16)
    • RDG-B2.4
      Typical High Tension Cable Barrier Roadside Installation
      Revision: 2 (Oct/28/16)
    • RDG-B2.5
      High Tension Cable Barrier, Standard Payment Sections
      Revision: 0 (Mar/21/17)
    • RDG-B2.6
      High Tension Cable Barrier Transition to W-Beam, Standard Payment Sections
      Revision: 0 (Mar/21/17)
  • Weak post box beam guardrail
    • TEB3.22
      Median Box Beam Barrier Installation Detail Treatment of Median Hazard
      Revision: 0 (Dec/15/92)
    • TEB3.23
      Median Box Beam Guardrail Rail and Splice Plate Detail
      Revision: 0 (Dec/21/92)
    • TEB3.24
      Median Box Beam Guardrail Post Detail
      Revision: 1 (Jun/05)
    • TEB3.27
      Standard Box Beam Guardrail Detail of Splice Plate Used at End Treatment
      Revision: 0 (Dec/13/92)
    • TEB3.27a
      Median Box Beam Guardrail Detail of Splice Plate Used at End Treatment
      Revision: 0 (Dec/13/92)
    • TEB3.28
      Standard Box Beam Guardrail Retainer Assembly and Track Welding Details
      Revision: 0 (Dec/20/92)
    • TEB3.28a
      Median Box Beam Guardrail Retainer Assembly and Track Welding Details
      Revision: 0 (Dec/20/92)
    • TEB3.30
      Median Box Beam Guardrail Expansion Joint Splice Detail
      Revision: 0 (Dec/11/92)
    • TEB3.33
      Standard Box Beam Guardrail Post Detail
      Revision: 1 (Jun/95)
    • TEB3.34
      Standard Box Beam Guardrail Bracket Assembly Detail
      Revision: 0 (Dec/29/92)
    • TEB3.35
      Standard Box Beam Guardrail Rail and Splice Plate Detail
      Revision: 0 (Dec/11/92)
    • TEB3.36
      Standard Box Beam Guardrail Bent Splice Plate Detail
      Revision: 0 (Dec/20/92)
    • TEB3.39
      Standard Box Beam Guardrail Assembly Detail for 0.915m and 1.83m Post Spacing
      Revision: 0 (Dec/20/92)
    • TEB3.40
      Standard Box Beam Guardrail Expansion Joint Splice Detail
      Revision: 0 (Dec/11/92)
    • TEB3.46
      Standard Box Beam Guardrail Bend Detail for Approach Road RADII
      Revision: 0 (Dec/11/92)
  • Precast F-Shape and "NJ" shape concrete barriers
    • CB6 4.2 M 16
      Precast 'F' Shape Barrier NCHRP 350 Test Level 3
      Revision: 2 (Aug/10/11)
    • CB6 4.3M1A
      Reinforced Concrete Median Barrier NJ Shape
      Revision: 1 (Apr/17/07)
    • CB6 4.3M12
      Precast Concrete Barrier NJ Shape
      Revision: 0 (Apr/17/07)
  • Thrie beam guardrail
    • TEB3.15a
      Typical W-Beam Strong Post or Modified Thrie Beam Guardrail Placement Roadside Hazards, 2 and 4 Lane Highways
      Revision: 2 (Jul/02/13)
    • TEB3.16a
      Typical Strong Post W-Beam or Modified Thrie Beam Guardrail Placement at Bridge Approaches, 2 Lane Highway
      Revision: 2 (Sep/12/07)
    • TEB3.17a
      Typical Strong Post W-Beam or Modified Thrie Beam Guardrail Placement at Bridge Approaches, 4 Lane Divided Highway
      Revision: 1 (Sep/12/07)
    • TEB3.18a
      Typical Strong Post W-Beam or Modified Thrie Beam Guardrail Placement for Median Hazards
      Revision: 0 (Jul/12/05)
    • TEB3.60-1
      Bullnose Guardrail System Protection of Piers in Medians Sheet, 1 of 9
      Revision: 2 (Jun/18/07)
    • TEB3.60-2
      Bullnose Guardrail System Protection of Piers in Medians, Sheet 2 of 9
      Revision: 2 (Jun/18/07)
    • TEB3.60-3
      Bullnose Guardrail System Protection Cable Anchor, Sheet 3 of 9
      Revision: 1 (Jun/18/07)
    • TEB3.60-4
      Bullnose Guardrail System Posts & Blocks, Sheet 4 of 9
      Revision: 1 (Jun/18/07)
    • TEB3.60-5
      Bullnose Guardrail System Rail Section 1, Sheet 5 of 9
      Revision: 1 (Jun/18/07)
    • TEB3.60-6
      Bullnose Guardrail System Rail Section 2, Sheet 6 of 9
      Revision: 1 (Jun/18/07)
    • TEB3.60-7
      Bullnose Guardrail System Rail Section 3, Sheet 7 of 9
      Revision: 1 (Jun/18/07)
    • TEB3.60-8
      Bullnose Guardrail System Plates and Cable Assembly, Sheet 8 of 9
      Revision: 1 (Jun/18/07)
    • TEB3.60-9
      Bullnose Guardrail System Thrie Beam and Cable Length, Sheet 9 of 9
      Revision: 1 (Jun/18/07)
    • TEB3.70
      Modified Thrie Beam Guardrail
      Revision: 4 (Jul/08/09)
    • RDG-B5.1
      Modified Thrie Beam Cable Anchor Terminal with Wing End (Exit End Treatment for Divided Highways)
      Revision: 0 (Nov/07)
    • RDG-B5.2
      Standard Thrie Beam Cable Anchor Terminal with Wing End (Exit End Treatment for Divided Highways)
      Revision: 0 (Nov/07)
    • RDG-B5.3
      Hardware Details for W-Beam and Thrie Beam Guardrail Cable Anchor Terminal
      Revision: 0 (Nov/07)
    • RDG-B5.4
      Foundation Tube and Foundation Tube Soil Plate Details for W-Beam and Thrie Beam Cable Anchor Terminal
      Revision: 0 (Nov/07)
    • RDG-B5.5
      TL-3 Transition from Modified Thrie Beam Guardrail to W-Beam Strong Post Guardrail
      Revision: 1 (Mar/11/16)
    • RDG-B5.6
      Thrie Beam Bullnose Guardrail General Layouts
      Revision: 0 (Nov/07)
    • RDG-B5.7
      Thrie Beam Bullnose Guardrail General Layouts
      Revision: 0 (Nov/07)
    • RDG-B5.8
      Thrie Beam Bullnose Guardrail Detailed Plans
      Revision: 0 (Nov/07)
    • RDG-B5.9
      Thrie Beam Bullnose Guardrail Detailed Plans
      Revision: 0 (Nov/07)
    • RDG-B5.10
      W-Beam Strong Post to Modified Thrie Beam Guardrail Transition at Roadside Structure
      Revision: 1 (Mar/11/16)
  • Cast-in-place or extruded F-Shape concrete barrier and single slope concrete barrier
    • CB6-4.3M3
      Slip-Formed Median Barrier F-Shape
      Revision: 4 (Jun/16/05)
    • CB6-4.3M3A
      Slip-Formed Concrete Barrier Half F-Shape
      Revision: 4 (Jun/16/05)
    • CB6-4.3M4
      Transition End Section for Reinforced Concrete Median Barrier Curb F-Shape
      Revision: 2 (Oct/86)
    • CB6-4.3M5
      Isometric View of Transition End Section for Reinforced Concrete Median Barrier Curb
      Revision: 2 (Oct/86)
    • RDG-B6.1
      TL-4 Standard Single Slope Concrete Barrier Details
      Revision: 1 (Feb/12)
    • RDG-B6.3
      TL-4 Single Slope Concrete Median Barrier Transition Around Existing Bridge Pier – Sheet 1 of 2
      Revision: 0 (Nov/07)
    • RDG-B6.4
      TL-4 Single Slope Concrete Median Barrier Transition Around Existing Bridge Pier – Sheet 2 of 2
      Revision: 0 (Nov/07)
    • RDG-B6.5
      TL-4 Single Slope Concrete Median Barrier Transition Around New Bridge Pier – Sheet 1 of 3
      Revision: 0 (Nov/07)
    • RDG-B6.6
      TL-4 Single Slope Concrete Median Barrier Transition Around New Bridge Pier – Sheet 2 of 3
      Revision: 1 (Oct/16/12)
    • RDG-B6.7
      TL-4 Single Slope Concrete Median Barrier Transition Around Existing/New Bridge Pier – Sheet 3 of 3
      Revision: 0 (Nov/07)
    • RDG-B6.8
      TL-2 and TL-3 Concrete Median Barrier Termination Trac Crash Cushion System (Bidirectional)
      Revision: 0 (Nov/07)
    • RDG-B6.9
      TL-2 and TL-3 Concrete Median Barrier Termination Quadguard Crash Cushion System (Bidirectional)
      Revision: 0 (Nov/07)
    • RDG-B6.10
      TL-2 and TL-3 Unidirectional Quadguard Crash Cushion System for Wide Median Hazards
      Revision: 0 (Nov/07)
    • RDG-B6.11
      Quadguard and Tracc Crash Cushion systems Concrete Pad Foundation
      Revision: 0 (Nov/07)
    • RDG-B6.12
      Transition of TL-4 Single Slope Concrete Barrier to W-Beam Median Guardrail Sheet 1 of 2
      Revision: 1 (Mar/11/16)
    • RDG-B6.13
      Transition of TL-4 Single Slope Concrete Barrier to W-Beam Median Guardrail Sheet 2 of 2
      Revision: 0 (Nov/07)
    • RDG-B6.14
      TL-4 Single Slope Concrete Barrier Transition to PL-2 Standard Bridge Concrete Barrier
      Revision: 1 (Jul/15/11)
    • RDG-B6.15
      Transition of W-Beam Guardrail to TL-4 Single Slope Concrete Roadside Barrier
      Revision: 2 (Mar/11/16)
  • Miscellaneous drawings
    • TEB1.81
      Typical Breakaway Wood Post
      Revision: 1 (Jun/13/08)
    • TEB 3.19
      Sand Barrel Cushion System
      Revision: 1 (Jul/02/13)
    • TEB 3.51
      Guide Post Delineation for Guardrail
      Revision: 2 (Nov/01/07)
    • RDG-B7.1
      TL-3 W-Beam Guardrail Placement at Minor Structures and Box Culverts
      Revision: 1 (Mar/11/16)
    • RDG-B7.2
      TL-4 Single Slope Concrete Barrier Transition at Median Light Standard Sheet 1 of 2
      Revision: 0 (Nov/07)
    • RDG-B7.3
      TL-4 Single Slope Concrete Barrier Transition at Median Light Standard Sheet 2 of 2
      Revision: 0 (Oct/19)
    • RDG-B7.4
      Placement and Protection of Overhead Sign Supports for Divided Roads Sheet 1 of 2
      Revision: 0 (Nov/07)
    • RDG-B7.5
      Placement and Protection of Overhead Sign Supports for Divided Roads Sheet 2 of 2
      Revision: 0 (Nov/07)

Standard drawings for upgrading of existing bridge approach rail transition

For current versions of drawings related to bridgerails and bridge approach rail transitions, refer to the Bridges and Structures – Standard and Typical Detail Drawings.

Inactive standard drawings

All drawings in this section have been superseded, made obsolete, or are suspended.

Revision triangles shown on the standard drawings are used to show revisions in the general area of the drawing and may not necessarily show each revision separately. A single revision triangle may identify several changes in the standard drawing. Users should compare the new version of a drawing to the previous version to determine all changes.

Last updated February 2018.

  • Weak post and strong post W-Beam guardrail
    • TEB 3.01
      (Superseded)  W-Beam Guardrail Hardware Wood Spacer Block and Post. Strong Post System
      Revision: 3 (Jul/08/09)
    • TEB 3.04
      (Obsolete)  W-Beam Guardrail Hardware End Section – Buried
      Revision: 3 (Aug/05/07)
    • TEB 3.09
      (Superseded) Strong Post W-Beam Blocked-Out Guardrail
      Revision: 6 (Jul/08/09)
    • TEB 3.10
      (Superseded) W-Beam Guardrail Strong Post End Treatment Turn Down (1.9m Spacing – with Blocks)
      Revision: 2 (Jun/05/07
    • TEB 3.10
      (Obsolete)  W-Beam Guardrail Strong Post End Treatment Turn Down (1.9m Spacing – with Blocks)
      Revision: 3 (Sept 1/11)
    • TEB 3.10
      (Obsolete)  W-Beam Guardrail Strong Post End Treatment Turn Down (1.9m Spacing – with Blocks)
      Revision: 3 (Nov 20/12)
    • TEB 3.12
      (Superseded) W-Beam Guardrail Weak Post End Treatment Turn Down (3.8m Spacing - No Block)
      Revision: 5 (Jun/05/07)
    • TEB 3.12
      (Obsolete) W-Beam Guardrail Weak Post End Treatment Turn Down (3.8m Spacing - No Block)
      Revision: 6 (Sept 1/11)
    • TEB 3.12
      (Obsolete) W-Beam Guardrail Weak Post End Treatment Turn Down (3.8m Spacing - No Block)
      Revision: 6 (Nov 20/12)
    • TEB 3.15b
      (Obsolete) Typical W-Beam Weak Post Guardrail Placement Roadside Hazards
      Revision: 1 (Nov/30/12)
    • TEB 3.16a
      (Superseded) Typical Strong Post W-Beam or Modified Thrie Beam Guardrail Placement at Bridge Approaches (2 Lane Highway)
      Revision: 2 (Sep/12/07)
    • TEB 3.16b
      (Obsolete) Typical W-Beam Weak Post Guardrail Treatment at Bridge Approaches (2 Lane Highway)
      Revision: 2 (Nov/30/12)
    • TEB 3.17a
      (Superseded) Typical Strong Post W-Beam or Modified Thrie Beam Guardrail Placement at Bridge Approaches (4 Lane divided highway)
      Revision: 1 (Sep/12/07)
    • TEB 3.53
      (Obsolete)  W-Beam Guardrail Turn Down End Hardware
      Revision: 2 (Nov/20/12)
    • TEB 3.56a
      (Superseded) Weak Post W-Beam Installation on First Stage Paving Projects
      Revision: 1 (Jul/08/09)
    • RDG-B1.1
      (Superseded) W-Beam Cable Anchor Terminal (Exit End Treatment for Divided Highways)
      Revision: 0 (Nov/07)
    • RDG-B1.4
      (Superseded) W-Beam Strong Post TL-3 ET-Plus Extruder Energy Absorbing Terminal
      Revision: 1 (Jul/02/13)
    • RDG-B1.4
      (Temporarily suspended) W-Beam Strong Post TL-3 ET-Plus Extruder Energy Absorbing Terminal
      Revision: 1 (11)
    • RDG-B1.5
      (Superseded) W-Beam Strong Post TL-3 Fleat 350 Energy Absorbing Terminal
      Revision: 2 (Mar/11/16)
    • RDG-B1.6
      (Superseded) W-Beam Strong Post TL-3 Fleat MT Energy Absorbing Terminal for Median Applications
      Revision: 0 (Nov/07)
    • RDG-B1.7
      (Superseded) W-Beam Strong Post Median or Gore Area Termination TL-3 CAT 350 Terminal
      Revision: 0 (Nov/07)
    • RDG-B1.8
      (Superseded by RDG-B5.10) W-Beam Strong Post to Modified Thrie Beam Guardrail Transition at Roadside Structure
      Revision: 1 (Jul/08/09)
    • RDG-B1.9
      (Superseded) Transition of Weak Post W-Beam Guardrail to Strong Post W-Beam Guardrail
      Revision: 1 (Jul/08/09)
    • RDG-B1.13
      (Superseded) 90 Degree Short Radius Guardrail to Strong Post W-Beam Guardrail
      Revision: 0 (Feb/02/18)
  • High tension cable system
    • RDG-B2.1
      (Superseded) Typical High Tension Cable Barrier Median Installation Slopes 6(H):1(V) or Flatter
      Revision: 0 (Feb/12)
    • RDG-B2.2
      (Superseded) Typical High Tension Cable Barrier Median Installation 6(H):1(V) Slopes=4(H):1(V)
      Revision: 0 (Feb/12)
    • RDG-B2.3
      (Superseded) Typical High Tension Cable Barrier Median Installation Slopes Steeper Than 4(H):1(V)
      Revision: 0 (Feb/12)
    • RDG-B2.4
      (Superseded) Typical High Tension Cable Barrier Roadside Installation
      Revision: 0 (Apr/12)
  • Weak post box beam guardrail
    • TEB3.26
      (Obsolete) Median Box Beam Guardrail Installation Detail for End Treatment
      Revision: 0 (Sept 1/11)
    • TEB3.26
      (Obsolete) Median Box Beam Guardrail Installation Detail for End Treatment
      Revision: 0 (Nov 20/12)
    • TEB3.37
      (Obsolete) Standard Box Beam Guardrail Installation Detail for End Treatment
      Revision: 2 (Sept 1/11)
    • TEB3.37
      (Obsolete) Standard Box Beam Guardrail Installation Detail for End Treatment
      Revision: 2 (Nov 20/12)
  • Precast F-Shape and "NJ" shape concrete barriers
    • CB6 4.2 M 16
      (Superseded) Precast 'F' Shape Barrier NCHRP 350 Test Level 3
      Revision: 1 (Sep/06)
  • Thrie beam guardrail
    • TEB3.15a
      (Superseded) Typical W-Beam Strong Post or Modified Thrie Beam Guardrail Placement Roadside Hazards (2 and 4 Lane Highways)
      Revision: 1 (Dec/12/05)
    • TEB3.70
    • (Superseded) Modified Thrie Beam Guardrail
      Revision: 3 (Jan/05)
    • RDG-B5.5
      (Superseded) TL-3 Transition from Modified Thrie Beam Guardrail to W-Beam Strong Post Guardrail
      Revision: 0 (Nov/07)
    • RDG-B5.10
      (Superseded) W-Beam Strong Post to Modified Thrie Beam Guardrail Transition at Roadside Structure
      Revision: 0 (Nov/07)
  • Cast-in-place or extruded F-Shape concrete barrier and single slope concrete barrier
    • RDG-B6.1
      (Superseded) TL-4 Standard Single Slope Concrete Barrier Details
      Revision: 0 (Nov/07)
    • RDG-B6.6
      (Superseded) TL-4 Single Slope Concrete Median Barrier Transition Around New Bridge Pier – Sheet 2 of 3
      Revision: 0 (Nov/07)
    • RDG-B6.12
      (Superseded) Transition of TL-4 Single Slope Concrete Barrier to W-Beam Median Guardrail – Sheet 1 of 2
      Revision: 0 (Nov/07)
    • RDG-B6.14
      (Superseded) TL-4 Single Slope Concrete Barrier Transition to PL-2 Standard Bridge Concrete Barrier
      Revision: 0 (Nov/07)
    • RDG-B6.15
      (Superseded) Transition of W-Beam Guardrail to TL-4 Single Slope Concrete Roadside Barrier
      Revision: 1 (Jul/09/09)
  • Miscellaneous drawings
    • TEB 3.19
      (Superseded) Sand Barrel Cushion System
      Revision: 0 (Nov/23/07)
    • RDG-B7.1
      (Superseded) TL-3 W-Beam Guardrail Placement at Minor Structures and Box Culverts
      Revision: 0 (Nov/07)
    • RDG-B7.3
      (Superseded) TL-4 Single Slope Concrete Barrier Transition at Median Light Standard – Sheet 2 of 2
      Revision: 0 (Nov/07)

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