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Section 2: Placement of Bridge Railing

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Bridges Carrying Vehicular Traffic Only

Both high-speed and low-speed bridges carrying vehicular traffic only must have a traffic or combination rail on both outside edges. The type of railing used is dependent on the posted or design speed of the bridge, whichever is greater.

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Figure B-1. Bridge railing for vehicular traffic only

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Bridges Carrying Vehicular and Non-vehicular Traffic - Low Speed Facilities

Low speed bridges carrying both vehicular and non-vehicular traffic require a combination railing on the outside edge of bridge, adjacent to all pedestrian walkways, if a separator railing is not provided. If a separator railing is not provided, a raised pedestrian walkway is required. A separator railing is not required on low-speed bridges, but may be considered on a case-by-case basis. If a separator railing is provided, refer to Figure B-3 for railing placement.

Bridge railing for vehicular and non-vehicular
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Figure B-2. Bridge railing for vehicular and non-vehicular traffic -- low speed

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Bridges Carrying Vehicular and Non-vehicular Traffic - High Speed Facilities

High speed bridges carrying both vehicular and non-vehicular traffic require a separator railing between all vehicular traffic lanes and pedestrian walkways. The separator railing may be a traffic or combination railing. The outside edges of the bridge require a combination or pedestrian railing adjacent to the pedestrian walkway. If the outside edge of bridge does not have an adjacent pedestrian walkway, a traffic or combination rail is acceptable.

Bridge railing for vehicular and non-vehicular
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Figure B-3. Bridge railing for vehicular and non-vehicular traffic -- high speed

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Bridge Carrying Non-vehicular Traffic Only

Bridges carrying non-vehicular traffic only must have a combination or pedestrian rail on both outside edges.

Bridge railing for non-vehicular traffic
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Figure B-4. Bridge railing for non-vehicular traffic only


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