Balsi Beam: Technology Transfer and Deployment

Work zone crashes are continuously putting workers and motorists at a high level of risk. The number of roadway work zones has been increasing over time, partly due to an aging transportation infrastructure. At the same time, traffic volumes and traffic congestion are growing. This means that workers and motorists are forced to coexist, often in tight spaces, which brings a great challenge to many transportation agencies that need to maintain work zone safety. To protect worker at work zone areas, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has successfully developed an innovative mobile work zone protection device, Balsi Beam, an extendable barrier that protects the flank of a work zone. Caltrans is planning to identify an efficient technology transfer vehicle and develop a deployment roadmap for statewide/nationwide implementation. This project was designed to assist Caltrans on the aforementioned objectives. This document serves as the final report for the uncompleted Balsi Beam project. The report only covers the deliverables of the tasks that were completed before Caltrans’ work termination order.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 116p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01753995
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CA10-1653, UCB-ITS-CWP-2010-3
  • Contract Numbers: 65A0212 (Task Order#1028)
  • Created Date: Jun 9 2016 6:24PM