Full-scale 4,500-pound vehicle impact tests at 60 mph and 25 degrees were conducted on four new guardrail-bridgerail "transition" designs for use in Nebraska in which the first wood post from the bridge end was left out. The post was left out to represent a common field problem in which a concrete footing prevents installing the post. To compensate for the missing post, a stronger beam member and heavier wood posts were used in addition to a 4:1 tapered end on the concrete bridgerail. The tapered end was used to (1) reduce the unsupported span length and (2) provide a smooth guardrail deflection curve during vehicle redirection. All of the transition designs were identical except for the transition beam member. The designs consisted of two heavy 10 inch x 10 inch posts followed by four heavy 8 inch x 8 inch posts. The remaining posts were standard 6 inch x 8 inch posts. Over a guardrail length of 18 feet 9 inches, the posts were spaced 3 feet 1.5 inches on centers, whereas, over the remaining length, a standard post spacing of 6 feet 3 inches was used. The posts were installed in a "native" silty clay (type CL) soil. In terms of the evaluation guidelines in National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 230, the overall performance of the transition designs was as follows: single thrie beam transition--unsatisfactory, double thrie beam transition--satisfactory, tubular thrie beam transition--satisfactory, double W-beam transition-unsatisfactory.

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  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 11-30
  • Monograph Title: Roadside safety features
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00490174
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309047722
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 31 1989 12:00AM