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Safety Eligibility Letter B-232A

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U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration

1200 New Jersey Ave. S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20590

November 30, 2012

In Reply Refer To:
HSST/B-232A

Brian Smith
Trinity Highway Products, LLC
2525 North Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, Texas 75207

Dear Mr. Smith:

This letter is in response to your request for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to review a roadside safety system for eligibility for reimbursement under the Federal-aid highway program. 

Name of system: CASS S3 MASH
Type of system: Longitudinal Cable Barrier System
Test Level: MASH TL4
Testing conducted by: Testing conducted by: Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Task Force 13 Designator: SGM36b
Date of request: August 28, 2012
Date initially acknowledged: August 30, 2012
Date of completed package: August 30, 2012

Decision:
The following device is eligible, with details provided in the form which is attached as an integral part of this letter:

A caveat to as-submitted form is this system is eligible when installed on the as-crash tested flat terrain under AASHTO MASH Test Level 4 criteria and excludes 1V:6H or flatter slopes as requested on the attached form under Project Development.

Based on a review of crash test results submitted by the manufacturer certifying the device described herein meets the crash test and evaluation criteria of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH), the device is eligible for reimbursement under the Federal-aid highway program.  Eligibility for reimbursement under the Federal-aid highway program does not establish approval or endorsement by the FHWA for any particular purpose or use.

The FHWA, the Department of Transportation, and the United States Government do not endorse products or services and the issuance of a reimbursement eligibility letter is not an endorsement of any product or service.

Requirements
To be found eligible for Federal-aid funding, roadside safety devices should meet the crash test and evaluation criteria contained in the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH).  

Description
CASS S3 MASH as a Test Level 4 roadside or median barrier on flat terrain only; or, as previously tested:

A caveat is this eligibility will be subject to additional testing as per AASHTO Technical Committee on Roadside Safety, considering additional testing requirements for median barriers in a1V:4H sloped median, based upon a 4 feet offset from slope break point.

Summary and Standard Provisions
Therefore, the system described and detailed in the attached form is eligible for reimbursement and may be installed under the range of conditions tested.  Please note the following standard provisions that apply to FHWA eligibility letters:

 

Sincerely yours,

/* Signature of Michael S. Griffith */

Michael S. Griffith
Director, Office of Safety Technologies
Office of Safety

Enclosures

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