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Low-Volume Roads Engineering

COURSE NO: C08-013
Low-Volume Roads Engineering
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course presents an overview of the key planning, location, design, construction, and maintenance aspects of low-volume roads (defined as roads with an average daily traffic of less than 400 vehicles per day) that can cause adverse environmental impacts and lists Best Management Practices to prevent those impacts.  The course addresses most basic roads issues in as simple a manner as possible, leaving narrow technical issues to the specialist.  Included are key "DO's" (Recommended Practices) and "DON'Ts" (Practices to Avoid) in low volume roads activities, along with basic design information. These fundamental practices apply to roads worldwide and for a wide range of road uses and standards.


This 8 PDH online course is intended for civil, transportation, and construction engineers involved in the planning, construction and maintenance of low-volume roads.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Environmental analysis
  • Reducing vulnerability of roads to natural disasters
  • Streamside management zones
  • Timber harvesting
  • Road planning, location, survey, design, construction, costs, maintenance and closure
  • Hydrology for drainage crossing design
  • Tools for Hydraulic and Road Design
  • Drainage control at roadway surfaces and at inlets and outlets of cross-drains and ditches
  • Underdrains in wet areas and meadow crossings
  • Culvert use, installation and sizing
  • Fords, low-water crossings and bridges
  • Slope stabilization and stability of cuts and fills
  • Roadway materials and material sources
  • Erosion control and stabilization of gullies
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service document, "Low-Volume Roads Engineering, Best Management Practices Field Guide", by Gordon Keller and James Sherar, July 2003.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Low-Volume Roads Engineering (5.0 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of forty five (45) questions to earn 8 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on this USDA publication.
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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