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8820.9926 MINIMUM DESIGN STANDARDS: RURAL AND SUBURBAN UNDIVIDED; RECONDITIONING PROJECTS.

Subpart 1.

Minimum reconditioning standards.

Reconditioning projects for rural or suburban undivided roadways must meet or exceed the minimum dimensions indicated in the following design chart. See part 8820.0200, subpart 30, for the description of activities allowed.

Existing ADT Statutory or Regulatory Posted Speed Lane Width (Paved) Combined Lane (Paved) and Shoulder Width
1-749 45 mph or less 10 feet 11 feet
1-749 50 mph or over 10 feet 12 feet
750 and over 45 mph or less 10 feet 12 feet
750 and over 50 mph and over 11 feet 14 feet

When the road authority has determined that the roadway will be specifically designed to include on-road bicycle facilities, and only if the roadway surface is paved, the appropriate design criteria in the current MnDOT Bikeway Facility Design Manual are recommended for design purposes.

Engineering judgment should be used to choose a lane-width, on-road bicycle facility, or shoulder width dimension other than the widths indicated in the chart. Factors to consider include safety, speed, population/land use, benefit/cost analysis, traffic mix, peak hourly traffic, farm equipment, environmental impacts, terrain limitations, bicycle traffic, pedestrian traffic, on-street parking, intersection and driveway spacing, rights-of-way constraints, vehicle turn lane configuration, sight distance, sight lines, bus routes, other nonmotorized uses, functional classification, or other factors. Dimensions less than those indicated in the chart require a variance in accordance with parts 8820.3300 and 8820.3400.

Widths of bridges to remain in place must equal roadway pavement width. Bridges narrower than these widths may remain in place provided that the bridge does not qualify for federal-aid bridge funds. Bridges to remain must have a load rating factor of at least 0.75 using the AASHTO Manual for Bridge Evaluation, LRFR (load and resistance factor rating) for inventory level.

Any highway that was previously built to state-aid or state standards, that was granted a variance to standards in effect at the time of construction or reconstruction, or that is a trunk highway turnback, may be reconditioned.

The proposed structural design strength must accommodate a minimum of seven tons per axle.

Subp. 2.

[Repealed, 23 SR 1455]

Statutory Authority:

MS s 14.386; 162.02; 162.09; 162.155

History:

20 SR 1041; 23 SR 1455; 24 SR 1885; 29 SR 449; 37 SR 697; 42 SR 485

Published Electronically:

November 20, 2017