New York State Local Technical Assistance Program

How close can a residential driveway be to an intersection?


The NYSDOT Highway Design Manual Chapter 5 and Appendix 5A provide information regarding the placement of a variety of driveway types. With regard to residential driveways, a recommended distance from an intersection’s closest edge of travel lane is equal to 2x’s the width of the driveway plus 15 feet (2W + 15 feet; W = width of driveway). If the intersection is signaled, a minimum of 100 feet is recommended. These are standards for State Highways but are also a good reference source local roads and streets. Figure 5A, from Appendix 5A, provides diagrams and notes that should help provide guidance for different types of driveways.


NYSDOT Policy and Standards of Entrances to State Highways (Driveway Design Policy):

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