This investigation addressed the identification of potential risks from highway transportation of hazardous materials that would result in severe permanent, irreparable or catastrophic consequences, and the identification of practical and implementable physical protective systems to reduce accident incidents and/or mitigate consequences. The primary concern was to reduce or prevent contamination of surface or ground water resources from flows or other movements of materials from accidental spills of hazardous materials. The hazardous spill substances are likely to be directly toxic or indirectly result in reduced quality of receiving waters. This report developed a methodology using a State's panel to identify 11 generalized ranked extreme risk scenarios and identified protective systems for each. The report concludes that few physical protective systems are available to reduce risks associated with highway transportation of hazardous materials. The companion report, FHWA-RD-96-098 (Volume II: Guidelines), presents information on a number of protective systems that could be considered for a particular extreme-risk situation. That report does not attempt to make the decision to use or not to use these protective systems. It is not a design manual. The decision and design details remain at the discretion of the user.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Kansas State University, Manhattan

    Department of Civil Engineering, Fiedler Hall
    Manhattan, KS  United States  66506

    Federal Highway Administration

    Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, 6300 Georgetown Pike
    McLean, VA  United States  22101
  • Authors:
    • Russell Sr, E R
  • Publication Date: 1996-11


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 143 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00728402
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-RD-96-097, 3K7A
  • Contract Numbers: DTFH61-85-C-00139
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 8 1996 12:00AM