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BANKING ROAD CURVES.

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BANKING ROAD CURVES.

The New York Times
December 24, 1922


According to the officers of the Permanent International Association of Road Congresses in Paris the British Ministry of Transport has directed its divisional road engineers to see that local officials, in constructing highways in England, allow for superelevation of roadways on corner curves wherever desirable. The action was taken following investigation by the British Roads Improvement Association, which pointed out the benefits to be gained through banking at sharp curves in the way of safety to traffic.

In the event of two vehicles meeting at a curve, it was declared, they could be manoevered on a banked curve with more certainty and less risk of skidding. It was also declared that there would be much less wear upon the pavement. French road engineers long ago adopted the banked curve and in some parts of the United States it is in use.

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