Cross Section Tool

Cross Section Tool button

The Cross Section Tool allows you to edit the shape of the road cross section in order to manipulate super-elevation (banking), crowning, curb shapes, and sidewalk heights.

By default, all roads have a cross section defined at the start and the end of the road. New cross sections can be added at arbitrary points along the road. These cross section nodes can be individually edited and the resulting road interpolates the shape between nodes.

View the Cross Section at Any Location Along a Road

  1. Click the Cross Section Tool button.

  2. Click the road you want to view.

  3. Move the pointer along the road to view the cross section at any location.

Insert a New Cross Section

  1. Click the Cross Section Tool button.

  2. Click the road you want to edit.

  3. Right-click the road at the location you want to add a new cross section node.

Delete a Cross Section

  1. Click the Cross Section Tool button.

  2. Click the road you want to edit.

  3. Press the Delete key or select Edit > Delete from the Main Menu.

Move a Cross Section Along the Road

  1. Click the Cross Section Tool button.

  2. Click the road you want to edit.

  3. Click and drag the cross section to a new location along the road. Note that you cannot drag a cross section past another cross section and you cannot drag a cross section past the start or end of a lane.

Alternatively:

  1. Click the cross section node you want to move and open the node properties display on the Attributes Panel.

  2. Select the Distance property and enter the desired distance along the road to locate the cross section. Note that entering a value for the distance has the same restrictions as manually dragging.

Modify the Shape of a Cross Section

To modify the shape of a cross section (super-elevation, crowning, and so on):

  1. Click the Cross Section Tool button.

  2. Click the road you want to edit.

  3. Click the cross section node you want to edit. The details of the node shape display in the 2D View Panel.

  4. Click and drag points in the 2D View Panel to adjust the cross section gradient. Note that the midpoint is fixed and cannot be adjusted.

Alternatively:

  1. Click in the 2D View Panel on the line segment corresponding to the lane you want to adjust.

  2. Select the Slope value on the Attributes Panel, and enter the desired cross section slope for the selected lane.