Road Shoulder

A road shoulder is a strip of land immediately adjacent to the traffic lane of a road not bordered by kerb & channel. The shoulder may be sealed in the case of highways and major roads, but it is typically unsealed and of a lesser depth and perhaps constructed of inferior material than the adjacent traffic lane.


Road shoulders are designed to:

  1. provide a factor of safety for road users who accidently leave or are forced to leave the sealed pavement area, and
  2. protect the sealed pavement from excess deterioration.

Related Pages

External Links & References

  1. Google Search
  2. Glossary of Austroads Terms
  3. Road Shoulder Construction Video - ShoulderMaster (August 2017)
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