An approach guardrail transition for use with the single-slope concrete median barrier was developed and crash tested. The transition was constructed with 3.43-mm-thick (10-gauge) thrie-beam rail and was supported by nine W6 × 9 steel posts. Post spacings consisted of one at 292 mm (11.5 in.), five at 476 mm (1 ft 6.75 in.), and three at 952 mm (3 ft 1.5 in.). A structural tube spacer block (TS 7 × 4 × 3/16) was also developed for use with the thrie-beam rail. Two full-scale vehicle crash tests were performed, and the system was shown to meet the Test Level 3 requirements specified in NCHRP Report 35O: Recommended Procedures for the Safetr Performance Evaluation of Highway Features.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Civil and Structural Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering