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Safety Eligibility Letter B-276A

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U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration

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

June 19, 2020

In Reply Refer
To: HSST-1/B-276A

Mr. Jesper Sorensen
Safence, Inc.
14570 Interurban Ave S, #C100
Tukwila, WA 98168

Dear Mr. Sorensen:

On February 14, 2017, the Federal Highway Administration's Office of Safety issued eligibility letter B-276 for the Safence 3RSC-16 Blue System 3 Cable Driven Post System. The Office of Safety has recently made modifications to its eligibility letter website to be more consistent with the 2nd Edition of American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' (AASHTO's) Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH) and the additional test matrices for cable barriers therein. These modifications have necessitated the update of certain eligibility letters including B-276. The update for letter B-276 consists of adding the phrase "2H:1V Slope, 200 mm Offset" after the original description of the device to indicate the as- tested conditions. Additionally, the language of this letter has been updated to be consistent with current Office of Safety policy for the issuance of eligibility letters.

Please note that this updated letter B-276A will in no way affect the eligibility for the associated device as was determined on February 14, 2017. This letter will supersede the original B-276 letter in full.

Decision

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

Scope of this Letter

To be found eligible for Federal-aid funding, new roadside safety devices should meet the crash test and evaluation criteria contained in the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' (AASHTO) Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH). However, the FHWA, the Department of Transportation, and the United States Government do not regulate the manufacture of roadside safety devices. Eligibility for reimbursement under the Federal-aid highway program does not establish approval, certification or endorsement of the device for any particular purpose or use.

This letter is not a determination by the FHWA, the Department of Transportation, or the United States Government that a vehicle crash involving the device will result in any particular outcome, nor is it a guarantee of the in-service performance of this device. Proper manufacturing, installation, and maintenance are required in order for this device to function as tested.

This finding of eligibility is limited to the crashworthiness of the system and does not cover other structural features, nor conformity with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.

Eligibility for Reimbursement

Based solely on a review of crash test results and certifications submitted by the manufacturer, and the crash test laboratory, FHWA agrees that the device described herein meets the crash test and evaluation criteria of the AASHTO's MASH. Therefore, the device is eligible for reimbursement under the Federal-aid highway program if installed under the range of tested conditions.

Name of system: Safence 3RSC-16 Blue System 3 Cable Driven Post System, 2H:1V Slope, 200 mm Offset
Type of system: Longitudinal Barrier
Test Level: MASH09 Test Level 3 (TL3)
Testing conducted by: Holmes Solutions
Date of request: December 15, 2016
Date of completed package: February 1, 2017

FHWA concurs with the recommendation of the accredited crash testing laboratory on the attached form

Full Description of the Eligible Device

The device and supporting documentation, including reports of the crash tests or other testing done, videos of any crash testing, and/or drawings of the device, are described in the attached form.

Notice

This eligibility letter is issued for the subject device as tested. Modifications made to the device are not covered by this letter. Any modifications to this device should be submitted to the user (i.e., state DOT) as per their requirements.

You are expected to supply potential users with sufficient information on design, installation and maintenance requirements to ensure proper performance.

You are expected to certify to potential users that the hardware furnished has the same chemistry, mechanical properties, and geometry as that submitted for review, and that it will meet the test and evaluation criteria of AASHTO's MASH.

Issuance of this letter does not convey property rights of any sort or any exclusive privilege. This letter is based on the premise that information and reports submitted by you are accurate and correct. We reserve the right to modify or revoke this letter if: (1) there are any inaccuracies in the information submitted in support of your request for this letter, (2) the qualification testing was flawed, (3) in-service performance or other information reveals safety problems, (4) the system is significantly different from the version that was crash tested, or (5) any other information indicates that the letter was issued in error or otherwise does not reflect full and complete information about the crashworthiness of the system.

Standard Provisions

 

Sincerely yours,

Signature of Michael S. Griffith

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

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