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Use of Freeway Shoulders For Travel

COURSE NO: C12-002
COURSE PROVIDER: Gilbert Gedeon, P.E.
Use of Freeway Shoulders For Travel
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides an understanding of the use of freeway shoulders for travel. 


Part-time shoulder use is a transportation system management and operation (TSM&O) strategy that allows use of the left or right shoulders as travel lanes during some, but not all, hours of the day. It is a strategy for addressing congestion and reliability issues within the transportation system and can be particularly cost-effective where alternatives to add lanes are infeasible, undesirable, or cost prohibitive. The purpose of this guide is to provide guidance for planning, designing, implementing, and operating part-time shoulder use.


This 12 PDH online course is applicable to transportation engineers, toll agency personnel, Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) planners and designers who are interested in learning more about the use of freeway shoulders for travel.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Learning about the Performance-Based Practical Design (PBPD) process
  • Understanding the impacts and feasibility of implementing part-time shoulder use
  • Designing and operating part-time shoulder use to optimize safety and lane utilization
  • Learning about the environmental impacts of part-time shoulder use, including air quality and noise
  • Understanding the benefit-cost analysis and computing the lifecycle costs of part-time shoulder use
  • Learning about the various design considerations for part-time shoulder use, including geometry, pavement, drainage, signing and marking, and ITS design
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, “Use of Freeway Shoulders for Travel”, by U.S Department of Transportation, dated February 2016.
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Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of sixty (60) questions to earn 12 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

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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