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design center line vs construction center line

design center line vs construction center line

design center line vs construction center line

Can some one enlighten me the difference between design and construction center line. I am working on a street improvement project, and this came up in the kickoff meeting. I am kinda new to the street design.


RE: design center line vs construction center line

I presume these lines are shown on the construction documents(?) As such, they have to be defined somewhere in the construction documents. If the lines are not carefully defined in the documents, yours is a wise question and the Contract Administrator (or whoever)owes you an answer.

I've had many a contractor kick off a project without understanding the basics and, you know the rest.


RE: design center line vs construction center line

perhaps more to the OP

design centerline is typically the crown of the road at the center

construction line is a layout line used for construction. Surveyors stake this line and stake offsets to the line for curb, gutter, crown, etc. It can be anywhere close to the road and it may or may not be at the center of the road.

RE: design center line vs construction center line

Thank you for the great explanation.

RE: design center line vs construction center line

This would also be a common thing in divided highways. Terminology may vary. Here, I have seen a "Construction Baseline" which may typically be the center of right-of-way (but may be another alignment) - then there is the roadway centerlines. The roadway centerlines may or may not be parrallel with the construction baseline and the may have different curve data and centers.

RE: design center line vs construction center line

I wouldn't be afraid to ask that question during the kickoff meeting, or off to the side as the meeting continues. I have been surprised at what certain terminology means to others. Seems better to be on the same page before construction starts.

B+W Engineering and Design
Los Angeles Civil Engineer and Structural Engineer

RE: design center line vs construction center line

it would be wise to discuss this in the kick-off meeting just so that you all have the same understanding of what it is (even if it is different definition on another project) contractors tend to have different names for the same thing, especially now days with people travelling all over the world for work

RE: design center line vs construction center line

Job specifications should have an apendix describing terminology for the specific project. If not, like said above it wouldn't hurt at all to ask the question. There are no stupid questions related to construction.

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