Are kerbs necessary in road pavements?

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In general, kerbs are essential in road pavements due to the following reasons (based on Arthur Wignall, Peter S. Kendrick and Roy Ancil):

(i) They provide strength to the sides of road pavements and avoid lateral displacement of carriageway due to traffic loads.

(ii) In terms of road safety, they serve as a separation line between footway and carriageway and aid car drivers in driving safely.


(iii) They act as a vertical barrier to guide the surface runoff collected in road pavements to the gullies.


This question is taken from book named – A Self Learning Manual – Mastering Different Fields of Civil Engineering Works (VC-Q-A-Method) by Vincent T. H. CHU.

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  • Ben Allen November 29, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Thanks for the information on whether or not kerbs are necessary. I agree that kerbs are necessary for safety and for the added strength to the side of road pavement. I would imagine that having to make a kerb for all of the roads that are made isn’t an easy or cheap job, but I am sure that it really pays off in the end as far as safety and quality goes.

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