Reverse curve

MUTCD W1-4L.svg

In civil engineering, a reverse curve (or "S" curve) is a section of the horizontal alignment of a highway or railroad route in which a curve to the left or right is followed immediately by a curve in the opposite direction.[1]

Railroad reverse ("S") curve.

On highways in the United States reverse curves are often announced by the posting of a W1-4L sign (left-right reverse curve) or a W1-4R sign (right-left reverse curve), as called for in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.

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  1. ^ Lutala, Pasi; Dick, Tyler. "Railway Alignment Design and Geometry" (PDF). University of Kentucky College of Engineering.