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Roadside Hardware Policy and Guidance

Federal-Aid Reimbursement Eligibility Process

Finite Element FAQ's

Form to Request Eligibility for Federal Aid Reimbursement

FHWA Policy Memoranda on Roadside Hardware
Here’s where to find FHWA policy memoranda on roadside hardware.

ET-Plus W-Beam Guardrail Terminal MemorandumOctober 10, 2014

ET-Plus W-Beam Guardrail Terminal MemorandumJune 17, 2014
The Office of Safety has received inquiries from FHWA Division Offices and State DOTs regarding the Federal-aid eligibility of the ET-Plus w-beam guardrail end terminal manufactured by Trinity Highway Products.

Roadside Design: Steel Strong Post W-beam Guidance Memo
A guidance memo was issued on May 17, 2010 on the height of guardrail for new installations. Guidance regarding existing guardrail will be developed in the next several months, in consultation with AASHTO’s Technical Committee on Roadside Safety.

NCHRP Report 350: Recommended Procedures for the Safety Performance Evaluation of Highway Features:

FHWA policy defines crashworthy devices as those that have passed a crash test conducted under the procedures defined in NCHRP Report 350 or the AASHTO Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH).

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers About Roadside Safety Appurtenances
Questions and comments from State transportation agencies, industry, and the Federal Highway Administration.

The Roadside Design Guide was revised in 2011 and is available from the AASHTO bookstore at: https://bookstore.transportation.org/collection_detail.aspx?ID=105

Manufacturers
A collection of manufacturers that produce roadside hardware.

Search for Crashworthy Hardware (FHWA Hardware Acceptance)

To find hardware that has been tested for crashworthiness according to the NCHRP-recommended procedures, see:

Page last modified on August 29, 2014.
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