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Safety Eligibility Letter SS-177 - Safety

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U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration

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

February 6, 2013

In Reply Refer To:
HSST/SS-177

Mr. Nirmal Bajoria
MDSolutions, Inc.
8225 Estates Parkway
Plain City, Ohio  43064

Dear Mr. Bajoria:

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: Perforated square steel tube sign supports
Type of system: Breakaway small sign supports
Test Level: NCHRP Report 350 Test Level 3
Testing conducted by: N/A
Date of request: September 17, 2012
Date initially acknowledged: September 19, 2012
Date of completed package: September 26, 2012

Decision:
The following device is eligible, with details provided in the form, drawings, and letter dated September 17, 2012, which are attached as integral parts of this letter:

Based on a comparison of your products to previously crash tested generic breakaway sign supports you submitted certifying the device described herein meets the crash test and evaluation criteria of the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 350, 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 National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 350 or the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH).

Description
The device and supporting documentation are described in the attached form, letter, and drawings.

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.  These test conditions are summarized in the Task Force 13 drawing SSF02a-c which is enclosed for reference.

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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