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Subdivision Planning/Design Part 2: Urban Street Design TSYH 4532

Transystems Course

Course details

The design of urban roads from limited local residential streets to arterial road standards. Horizontal and vertical alignment applications are detailed; consideration is given to drainage and auxiliary facilities such as parking, sidewalks and bus services. Students are required to incorporate all design elements in preparation for design drawings of a section of urban arterial road including intersection design.


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.





Course offerings

Spring/Summer 2023

Below is one offering of TSYH 4532 for the Spring/Summer 2023 term.

CRN 20127


Start any time

  • 26 weeks
  • CRN 20127
  • $508.87
Continuous Entry, Distance or Online

This is a distance learning course. Start any time. You have 26 weeks from the date you register to complete this course.



Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.



Important information
  1. Correspondence format.
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  3. Please note that the above price is for tuition only; textbooks (if required) are additional. Course materials are available in the Learning Hub: Textbooks are not shipped automatically, you must order them from the BCIT Bookstore:

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

Module 1 - Road Classification and Servicing Requirements

  • Classify urban roadways and the relationship of pavement width to right-of-way width.
  • State and define the purpose and characteristics of each class of roadway.
  • State and discuss the other facilities provided within a normal road allowance.

Module 2 - Preparation of Plan and Profile Drawings

  • State and define the basic preparation required and organization of a set of project drawings.
  • Adopt a legend, prepare cross sections and incorporate standard notes.
  • State specific information that should be shown on the plan and profile drawings.
  • Prepare supplementary detail design information.

Module 3 - Preliminary Design Review

  • Determine the extent of field information required and the need to confirm details of existing utilities.
  • Obtain and interpret legal plan information for existing adjacent road right-of-way widths.
  • Interpret existing design criteria and propose accepted criteria to complete the required guidelines where necessary.
  • Examine the proposed and future utility requirements and evaluate the impact of future development proposals.
  • Identify the need for any special structures that may be required, such as bridges or large culverts.

Module 4 - Horizontal Alignment Elements

  • Prepare a plan view of the location of the proposed pavement for full roads, half-roads and laneways.
  • State and define the terminology of horizontal curve configurations.
  • Compute and present data defining the horizontal alignment including cul-de-sacs and curb returns.
  • Determine adequate stopping and sight line distances for curves that may also incorporate vertical curve alignments.
  • Utilize standard methods of incorporating vehicle 'turn-around' facilities.

Module 5 - Vertical Alignment Elements

  • Define the criteria used in developing vertical alignment standards and its application to vertical curvature.
  • Establish accepted maximum and minimum gradients and points of vertical intersection (V.P.I.)
  • Determine the appropriate length of vertical curve for both crest and sag curves based on acceptable 'K' values.
  • Compute the elevations along a vertical curve together with the preparation and the recording of the design data.
  • Integrate vertical curves at intersections and a review of the vertical design considerations.

Module 6 - Road Cross-sections and Entrance Configurations

  • Illustrate typical cross-section details for a variety of urban road standards including lanes and cul-de-sacs.
  • Describe various methods of controlling surface drainage by utilizing crossfall techniques to provide a cost effective design.
  • Identify different types of curbs, medians, and islands which may also incorporate parking facilities.
  • Prepare standard cross-sections showing existing and proposed conditions and their relationship for quantity estimates.
  • Illustrate recommended locations for driveway entrances for commercial/corner store developments, bus bays and driveways.

Module 7 - Urban Road Design Example

  • Interpret urban road project design requirements and specifications.
  • Prepare elevation tables, minimum vertical curve tables and design data sheets.
  • Analyze horizontal alignment criteria and compute horizontal curve data.
  • Calculate total project stationing from horizontal alignment data.
  • Develop typical and special road cross sections.
  • Design urban road vertical alignments based on specifications and controls.
  • Calculate vertical curve data.
  • Prepare trial plan and profile, and working cross sections drawings.

Module 8 - Intersection Design

  • Determine the relative safety and efficiency of various types of intersections and establish methods of improving poor intersection layouts.
  • Establish the priority of the design criteria through the intersection in accordance with the road classification and objectives of the intersection.
  • Revise vertical alignment characteristics and incorporate one-way crossfalls to improve the riding quality of the intersection.
  • Establish the desired radius of the curb return and prepare profiles along the curb returns to ensure adequate drainage.

Module 9 - Road Drainage Concepts

  • Determine the location and spacing of catchbasins based on hydraulic capacity and pedestrian considerations.
  • Incorporate major flood path routing to control surface runoff during adverse storm conditions.
  • Estimate the flow capacity of a roadway, protection of private property and provision for emergency vehicles.
  • Design roads based on gutter drainage profiles.

Effective as of Fall 2003


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