EVALUATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL BARRIER CORPORATION'S MARK VII MEDIAN BARRIER. FINAL REPORT

The International Barrier Corporation's (IBC's) Mark VII median barrier consists of a steel frame (10 ft long, 42 in. high, and 44 in. wide at its widest point) filled with sand and covered with a top plate. The barrier has the ability to absorb some of the impact energy of a collision, which should reduce the severity of the impact. An experimental section of the IBC median barrier (1.63 miles) was installed on Route 29 in Amherst County, Virginia, just north of the city of Lynchburg. The objective of this research was to evaluate the IBC median barrier from three perspectives: (1) lateral placement of vehicles traveling in the lane closest to the barrier, (2) reported accidents and impacts with the barrier, and (3) costs. To the extent possible, the performance of the IBC median barrier was compared with that of a nearby control section of concrete median barrier. Results of the study showed that vehicles tend to travel a little farther from the IBC median barrier than from the concrete median barrier. Because only a limited number of reported accidents and impacts occurred, no conclusions were drawn concerning the safety performance of the IBC median barrier. No maintenance was performed on the barrier during the 2 1/2-year study period. The installation cost of the IBC median barrier was more than twice that of the concrete median barrier. It was recommended that the Virginia Department of Transportation continue monitoring the IBC median barrier section to make further assessments of the barrier.

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  • English

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  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 22 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00625075
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/VA-93-R1, VTRC 93-R1
  • Contract Numbers: 2765-081
  • Files: NTL, TRIS, USDOT, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 14 1993 12:00AM