Usage: Distinctive

Granite cut to long sections and laid as curbing. Sawfinishing, achieved by cutting the granite with a stone saw and polishing out saw marks, provides a smooth, clean look. Split finishing, typically achieved by hand-chiseling, exposes the natural cleft of the stone, giving a roughhewn texture.

Gansevoort Street, Manhattan.


  • Adds distinction and visual enhancement to sidewalk
  • Reinforces historic character (if applicable)
  • Extremely durable
  • Can be removed and replaced as needed


  • Much higher material cost than concrete


  • This material is appropriate for all streets, especially commercial districts, including use in combination with concrete sidewalk
  • Granite curb is usually required in historic districts, adjacent to individual landmarks, or in areas with existing granite curb where the historic fabric remains intact


Specification source: DOT Standard Specifications Section 2.12, 4.07

Saw-finish curb detail source: DOT Standard Detail drawing # H-1056

Split-finish curb detail source: DOT Standard Detail drawing # H-1056A

  • Size: 5 inches to 8 inches wide on top, 4 inches of minimum width on bottom, 16 inches deep
  • Must have lip with batter and rounded edge
  • Slip resistance at top of curb: minimum 0.60 coefficient of friction when wet
  • Sustainability opportunity: Salvaged granite curb


  • DOT generally maintains this material
  • Low-maintenance, resists cracking and discoloration
  • Difficult to patch and must therefore be replaced by section if severely damaged