A pavement or shoulder edge drop-off is a condition where there is a significant elevation change (uneven pavement) from one travel lane to another, or between a travel lane and the adjacent shoulder. This condition is known to be hazardous to motorists.
Conventional paving techniques used on highway reconstruction projects often result in vertical or nearly vertical pavement edges between completed surface work and the uncompleted surfaces in adjacent travel lanes. The face of the drop-off is usually vertical, which can cause safety concerns for drivers that are exposed to them.
Shoulder Edge Drop-Offs
Shoulder edge drop-offs can occur when a road is resurfaced without adequately raising the height of the shoulder. They can also occur when a road and shoulder are resurfaced where the ground abutting the shoulder (roadside) is not raised to the same height of the should. This not only creates a drop-off but leaves the shoulder unsupported laterally, which can lead to edge cracking and shoulder failure. These shoulder drop offs are significant safety concerns and can lead to serious vehicle accidents and injury.
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