User:Ldriveskier/Contraflow Configuration

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Crossover Reconfigurations are necessary when normal one-way traffic on a divided road is diverted across the median on a divided road, and then runs in a contraflow manner respective to the traffic direction on that side of the median.

Crossover reconfigurations and new traffic patterns can be quite varied depending on construction parameters; therefore, editors should consult their respective Large Area Managers or State Managers before beginning the process for a scheduled reconfiguration involving crossovers.

Draw Contraflow Segment

  1. Draw a new segment spanning the length of the new crossover section. This new segment should remain unconnected from any existing segments for now.
  2. Place this segment adjacent to the existing segment that this new segment will serve as a contraflow lane against.
    • Adjust the geometry nodes on the new segment so that the contraflow segments are parallel to and close to the appropriate segments.
      CrossoverParallel.JPG
  3. Set appropriate attributes for the new contraflow segment:
    • Name: Should match the existing road it is being split off from.
    • Road type: Match the existing road type.
    • Direction: One Way (A->B or B->A, depending on how segment was drawn)
    • Speed Limit: For contraflow sections, note that there may be different speed limits based on direction of travel through the reconfigured area.
    • Elevation: Match the elevation of the newly drawn segment to the contraflow segment being mirrored. This may require cutting the newly drawn segment for elevation changes, particularly around exits & underpasses/overpasses.

Connect Contraflow to Existing Segments

  1. Connect the contraflow segment at the end of the crossover, following the entrance ramp geometry guidance for drawing the merge angle.
    CrossoverEnd.JPG
  2. Connect the contraflow segment at the beginning of the crossover, following the segment following exit ramp geometry guidance.
    • Consider that there will likely be a solid white line separating lanes before the actual lane crosses over into oncoming lanes, so the new lane may be parallel and next to the existing lane before crossing over to the contraflow side.
CrossoverBegin.jpg

Wayfinders for Crossover

After connecting the contraflow segments, consider adding wayfinders to match signage or provide guidance. For example,

  • I-80 W only / Thru traffic
  • I-80 W / to exit 187 / I-480 / SR-14
  • I-80 W / All Exits
CrossoverWayfinder.JPG
Tip: Remove any alternative names from the wayfinder to avoid best continuation.
  •  NOTE: If setting this up wayfinder is part of a scheduled reconfiguration, ensure the wayfinder for the existing lanes stays as BC until the traffic switch for the crossover becomes active.