1 MARCH 2000
TRACK AND ROADWAY DESIGN
a. Definition. The roadway (also called right-of-way) is the strip of land containing the track, ditches,
and other facilities needed for the operation of the railroad.
b. Roadway Width. The roadway must be wide enough to accommodate the track, side ditches,
portions of embankment or cut slopes, parallel service roads, and other structures and facilities necessary
for the operation of the railroad. The roadway must also allow sufficient clearances between the track
and adjacent structures, as covered in chapter 6, paragraph 4. Figures 6-1 through 6-7 indicate the width
required for the basic track structure.
Figure 6-1. Typical Cross Section - Tangent Track