The guide presents the results of a synthesis of current information on the various elements of traffic barrier systems, including warrants, structural and strength characteristics, maintenance characteristics, selection criteria, and placement data. Criteria on these elements are summarized for each of the four basic barrier types, namely, roadside barriers (heretofore commonly referred to as guardrails), median barriers, bridge rails and crash cushions. A chapter on a cost-effective selection procedure is included, primarily to provide the highway engineer with an alternate approach to the more conventional means of establishing barrier need and a barrier selection if warranted. The information is presented in two volumes. Volume I contains essential guidelines relevant to the different design elements of each barrier system. /FHWA/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Texas A&M Research Foundation

    College Station, TX  United States  77843

    Texas Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System, 1600 E Lamar Boulevard
    Arlington, TX  United States  76011
  • Authors:
    • Ross, H E
    • Kohutek, T L
    • Pledger, J
  • Publication Date: 1976-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: 286 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00179484
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-RD-76-503 Final Rpt., FCP 36E1-503
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FH-11-8507
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 27 1978 12:00AM