Primer on Impact Protection for Critical Transportation Infrastructure

This document provides Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) members, and State/local/Tribal highway officials with a consolidated synthesis on vehicle security barrier (VSB) options to protect highway critical infrastructure from high-speed impact of medium- and heavy-duty trucks, transportation facility vehicle access points, and their perimeters. This document is a synthesis of publicly available documents and standards in the United States and United Kingdom. The information is beneficial to all transportation modes (aviation, rail, pipeline, mass transit) owners and operators as physical security reviews are conducted for critical infrastructure within the realm of their responsibility. This primer, though not specifically developed to address vehicle-as-weapon (VAW) threats by terrorists, will be beneficial to emergency management and law enforcement officials responsible for developing protective measures for large crowds, as well as community planners focused on improving pedestrian/bicycle safety in congested vehicle locations. Information about explosive protection from VSBs is not presented in this primer.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Technical Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 71p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01693061
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-HIF-18-054, DOT-VNTSC-FHWA-18-17
  • Contract Numbers: HW22A1
  • Created Date: Feb 12 2019 1:23PM