Oaks Designer Resource Guide 6.0 (Canada)

Traffic Defines Product Choices Designers often ask where we recommend each of our pavers and slabs can be used. Given that the answer is dependant on what will be on the pavement, we have identified eight primary commercial Pavement Classifications with each representing a different traffic and/or vehicle weight scenario. The suitability of our pavers and slabs relative to each classification was then evaluated based on aspect ratio and/or finite element analysis results assuming a Sand Set on Subgrade installation; see Oaks Tech Note L6 – Structural Design of Vehicular Paver Systems for more information. In the Products section (starting on Page 38) the icons below are used to identify which Pavement Classifications each of our pavers and slabs are recommended for.


PASSENGER CARS ONLY These are areas with restricted access to private passenger vehicles (residential driveways, staff parking lots or restaurant drive thru corridors).

CARS AND LIGHT TRUCKS Open parking areas mostly used by private passenger vehicles and occasional light delivery trucks or small shuttle buses (restaurant parking, hotel or business entrances).

EMERGENCY AND MAINTENANCE ACCESS ROUTES Although intended primarily for pedestrian access, there can be the occasional maintenance, snow removal or emergency response vehicle (plazas, sidewalks).

PEDESTRIAN PLAZAS There will be no vehicular traffic on these areas (rooftop, courtyards, pool decks).

OCCASIONAL HEAVY VEHICLE USE Open parking areas used by occasional heavy vehicles (garbage collection routes at businesses or townhouses).


MUNICIPAL MIXED USE Any municipal street or private road where there is a general mix of traffic.

INDUSTRIAL AREAS Regular construction,

Open parking areas used by regular heavy vehicles (Mall entrances, bus/delivery routes, or dealership unloading areas).

operational equipment, or heavy vehicular traffic (Manufacturing facilities, ports, terminals).


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