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Term of the Road Dictionary

hard shoulder for emergency use

  • Language : PIARC Road Dictionary / English
  • Theme : Roads Design Components of the Road
  • Definition : Surfaced strip, usually of one traffic lane width, adjacent to and abutting a carriageway of a road with separate carriageways (such as a motorway), intended for use by emergency vehicles or by other vehicles in the event of difficulty or during obstruction of the carriageway.
  • Synonyms : emergency stopping lane / shoulder (AU) / emergency lane (CA)