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Displaced Left-Turn Interchange: [techbrief]
  • Published Date:
    2009-10-01
  • Language:
    English
Filetype[PDF-1.61 MB]


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  • Publication/ Report Number:
    FHWA-HRT-09-056
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  • Abstract:
    Today's transportation professionals, with limited resources available to them, are challenged to meet the mobility needs of an increasing population. At many highway junctions, congestion continues to worsen, and drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists experience increasing delays and heightened exposure to risk. Today's traffic volumes and travel demands often lead to safety problems that are too complex for conventional interchange designs to properly handle. Consequently, more engineers are considering various innovative treatments as they seek solutions to these complex problems.

    The corresponding technical report, Alternative Intersections/Interchanges: Informational Report (AIIR) (FHWA-HRT-09-060), covers four intersection designs and two interchange designs that offer substantial advantages over conventional at-grade intersections and grade-separated diamond interchanges. The AIIR provides information on each alternative treatment covering salient geometric design features, operational and safety issues, access management, costs, construction sequencing, environmental benefits, and applicability. This TechBrief summarizes information on one of these alternative interchange designs-the displaced left-turn (DLT) interchange (see figure 1). In the figure, the red circle indicates a signal-controlled crossover; the purple circle indicates a signal-controlled main intersection; the orange arrows indicate vehicular crossover movement; and the yellow arrow indicates opposing through movement at the signal-controlled crossover.

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