Dr. Daniel Findley

Dr. Daniel J. Findley

Institute for Transportation Research and Education

Phone: 919-515-8564
Fax: 919-515-8897
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CE 503 Highway Design

3 Credit Hours

Corridor selection; highway alignment; design of roadsides, intersections and interchanges. Completion of research paper for students taking course for graduate credit. Credit will not be given for both CE 403 and CE 503.


C- or better in CE 305 Traffic Engineering.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, students will be able to identify relevant design controls for highway design aspects. With these design controls, students will be able to specify a desirable horizontal alignment, vertical alignment, and cross-section for a highway or a street on new or existing right-of-way.

Course Requirements

  • Project
  • Homework
  • Midterm Exam
  • Research Paper
  • Exam

Recommended Textbook

AASHTO, A Policy on the Geometric Design of Highways and Streets, Seventh Ed., 2018.


AASHTO’s technical standards and specifications are widely used in the curriculum of transportation and civil engineering programs. To show our support and commitment for engineering education, AASHTO offers faculty members and students, at U.S. colleges and universities, special discounts when ordering AASHTO publications.
Special Pricing on Publications

Faculty members and students can purchase AASHTO publications at our discounted AASHTO member price, which equals, on average, a 35% discount off of the regular list price. Orders must be placed online at the AASHTO Store ( by first setting up an AASHTO Account using your school email address to authenticate your academic status.

Computer and Software Requirements

Please review minimum computer specifications recommended by NC State University and Engineering Online.


Updated 10/30/2022