British Columbia Institute of

Important Notice: COVID-19 Institute response


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

Transystems Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the fall 2021 term as informed by BC Public Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

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.





Fall 2021

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2021 term.

CRN 30949

Start any time

This is a distance learning course. Start any time. You have 52 weeks from the date you register to complete this course.



Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Correspondence format.
  2. 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, please order them from the BCIT Bookstore: Civil Technology PTS Department:
  3. Important course information will be sent to you immediately after registering. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

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

Contact Us

If you have a comment or question about this course, please complete and submit the form below.

Contact Information

The personal information on this form is collected under the authority of the College and Institute Act (RSBC 1996, Ch.52). BCIT will use this information to communicate with you regarding relevant BCIT programs, courses and services. This information is only used by authorized BCIT staff. Email communication sent to and from BCIT is routed through the United States of America. If you have any questions about BCIT's collection and use of this information, please contact BCIT’s manager of Information Access and Privacy.


Interested in being notified about future offerings of TSYH 4532 - Subdivision Planning/Design Part 2: Urban Street Design? If so, fill out the information below and we'll notify you by email when courses for each new term are displayed here.

Privacy Notice: The information you provide will be used to respond your request related to BCIT course information and is collected under Section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). For more information about BCIT’s privacy practices contact: Associate Director, Privacy, Information Access & Policy Management, British Columbia Institute of Technology, 3700 Willingdon Ave. Burnaby, BC V5A 3H2, email:

Programs and courses are subject to change without notice.

Find Courses

English Language Proficiency

BCIT's Part-time Studies English Language Proficiency Standard is English 12 (or equivalency). Students who do not meet this requirement should upgrade their English skills prior to any future registration.

Payment Changes At BCIT

We've changed the way we accept payments.

Find out more

Course Navigation, Related Links & Tools

Registration News

Registration is now open for the Winter 2022 term.

Classroom Locations

Classroom locations are subject to last minute changes. Please check the Part-time Studies Classroom Locations listing at on the first day of any course you are registered for.

Part-time Studies Financial Aid

Will you be studying at BCIT part-time? Do you need assistance funding your studies? Find out if you qualify for Part-time Studies financial aid.