A highway design includes the intersection of a +5.8% grade with a 2.9% grade at station 1052+75 at elevation 100.50 feet above sea level. Calculate the center line elevation along this highway for every 100-ft station on a parabolic vertical curve of 600-ft length. Youll need to use concepts introduced in the Geometric Design Chapter.
[Solution shown below]
The VPC is at station 1052+75 3+00 = 1049+75
The elevation of the VPC equals the elevation of the VPI minus ½ of the curve length times the initial grade = 100.50-(300*0.058)= 83.10 feet.
The VPT is at station 1052+75 + 3+00 = 1055+75
The elevation of the VPT equals the elevation of the VPI minus ½ of the curve length times the second grade = 100.50-(300*0.029)= 91.80 feet.
The equation for a parabolic vertical curve is y = (r/2)*x2 + g1*x + (elevation of VPC) where y = station elevation, r = rate of change of the grade of the curve [(g2-g1)/(length of curve in stations)] and x = stations beyond the VPC.
First, r = (-2.9-5.8)/6 = -1.45% per station.
The computations are shown in the following table.