In 1990, the FHWA banned the use of turned down end terminals on new installations of guardrails on high speed and high volume roads in the U.S. They cited the availability of crashworthy end terminals which were more effective than the turned down end to protect the ends of these barriers. Internationally, highway authorities agree in principle with the actions of the FHWA in the U.S., and in some countries, turned down ends are now prohibited. This paper focuses on alternate end treatment systems and their characateristics, and emphasizes the importance of matching the characteristics of these systems to site specific conditions when selecting an end treatment. An improper selection of an approved, certified end treatment could make the guardrail end treatment almost as dangerous as a blunt end.


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Media Info

  • Pagination: v.p.
  • Serial:
    • VTI Conferens
    • Publisher: Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)
    • ISSN: 0347-6049

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00723347
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No. 4A, Part 5
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 29 1996 12:00AM