Recommended Turn-around Measurements and Guidelines for Driveways and Access Roads
For the local volunteer fire departments or other agencies to protect your structures, or to provide you with emergency assistance, you must allow for safe access to your property. At this time the fire departments are making recommendations, these are not requirements. However, if your property does not have safe access it may be passed over during a fire. In the future, new construction may be required to conform to similar specifications.
- Access road should be 12 feet wide or more, and free of corners with a radius of less than 25 feet to the center line.
- Road sides should be cleared three feet from the road surface and free of branches, brush, and trees that infringe upon the road bed.
- Any hazards should be posted with reflective markers (eg. large rocks, large potholes, questionable culverts, bridges, or low clearance).
- On longer roads, there should be pull-offs at least every 1/4 mile.
- Pull-offs should be twice the road width (up to 30 feet) and at least 40 feet long.
- Turn-around areas should be provided at or near the termination of each drive.
- For ambulance and smaller fire trucks, access to the turn-around must have a 25 foot turning radius and/or a 30 feet by 12 feet pull-out space.
- For large fire trucks you must have a turn-around with a 60 foot radius and/or a 60 feet by 20 feet pull-out.
- For lake front properties we recommend at least one water access location that is obvious in appearance, cleared, and has safe footing and foot path. This will facilitate using portable pumps.
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