This report is an analysis of 127 accidents involving crash cushions in Kentucky. The primary data base was for the period 1980-82, with some additional data before and after this period. An attempt was made to document each accident with a police report, photographs, and a repair form. The largest number of accidents (63) involved a Hi-Dro cell cushion or cluster, followed by 33 accidents involving a G.R.E.A.T. crash cushion, 19 with a temporary G.R.E.A.T., 10 with sand barrels, and 2 with steel drums. Average repair cost was lowest for the Hi-Dro cell cushion ($392) and highest for the Hi-Dro cell cluster ($2,839). Other repair costs were $1,886 for the G.R.E.A.T. system, $887 for sand barrell installations, and $1,760 for steel drum installation. For those accidents in which performance was noted, crash cushions performed properly 85 percent of the time. Instances of improper performance generally involved either a vehicle rebounding into or across the adjacent roadway or a vehicle overturning. All of the various types performed well. Results from the cost-effectiveness analysis show that crash cushion installations produce a benefit-cost ratio in the range of 1.0 - 2.0.

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    University of Kentucky, Lexington

    Kentucky Transportation Center
    College of Engineering, 176 Raymond Building
    Lexington, KY  United States  40506-0281

    Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

    200 Mero Street
    Frankfort, KY  United States  40622
  • Authors:
    • Pigman, J G
    • Agent, K R
    • Creasey, T
  • Publication Date: 1984-6

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  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: v.p.

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  • Accession Number: 00457017
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UKTRP-84-17
  • Contract Numbers: KYHPR-82-90
  • Created Date: Aug 27 2004 9:55PM