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An Introduction to Road Design for Cold Regions

COURSE NO: C02-045
An Introduction to Road Design for Cold Regions
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course discusses roadway and runway design considerations for arctic and subarctic regions. It will introduce you to the design of subgrades, base courses and flexible and rigid pavements in these cold regions.


The construction of satisfactory roads and airfield runways in seasonal frost and permafrost areas is normally more difficult than in temperate regions because the imperviousness of the underlying permafrost tends to produce poor soil drainage conditions, and because disturbance of the natural surface may set in motion adjustments in thermal regime, drainage, and slope stability which may have serious and progressive consequences.


This 2 PDH online course is intended for civil and geotechnical engineers and other design and construction professionals seeking an introduction to materials and methods for design of roads and airfield runways in arctic and subarctic regions.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Learning about the soils where there is danger of loss in bearing capacity upon thawing, and of heaving action upon freezing
  • Understanding the four classifications of soils in which ice segregation generally occurs when favorable ground water and freezing temperatures are present
  • Learning how frost and permafrost conditions may be altered by changed surface conditions produced by construction
  • Understanding how in areas of permafrost the location of the ground water surface is greatly influenced by the existence of the underlying impervious permafrost layer
  • Making recommendations for base course and pavement composition in arctic and subarctic regions
  • Learning about base course design in non-frost-susceptible soils
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, "An Introduction to Road Design for Cold Regions".

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
An Introduction to Road Design for Cold Regions (817 KB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifteen (15) questions to earn 2 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

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