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Federal Highway Administration

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Washington, D.C. 20590

October 9, 2007

In Reply Refer to:

Mr. Paul Wander
Dicke Tool Company
1201 Warren Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Dear Mr. Wander:

This letter is in response to your December 5, 2006, correspondence requesting the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) acceptance of modifications to your company’s previously accepted portable sign stands. Thank you for meeting with Messrs. Matt Lupes and Nick Artimovich of my staff on February 27, 2007, and providing them with additional information to clarify your request. You requested acceptance of your X-footprint portable sign stands with steel leg supports rather than aluminum. Additionally, you requested acceptance of two portable sign stands with a modified design. You have requested the FHWA acceptance of these portable sign stands for use on the National Highway System (NHS) under the provisions of the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 350 “Recommended Procedures for the Safety Performance Evaluation of Highway Features.”

Your X-footprint portable sign stands with aluminum leg supports have received the FHWA acceptance and are referenced by our letters coded WZ-17, WZ-25, WZ-99, WZ-125, WZ-141, and WZ-213. We concur with your request to use steel leg supports rather than aluminum leg supports with your previously accepted portable sign stands. This modification will not likely affect the crashworthiness of your previously tested and accepted portable sign stands. A listing of your X-footprint portable sign stands is enclosed.

Additionally, you requested acceptance of two proposed portable sign stands with modified designs. Specifically, you would like to incorporate the mast of the model DL1008 stand (WZ-141) with the spring system of the TF12 series stands (WZ-213). Both stands have been accepted for use with roll up signs. Attachment of the mast to the spring system is the same as the attachment to the DL1008. The mast fits into a socket on top of the springs. The mast length would display a roll up sign at 60 and 84 inches. This stand, identified as model STF1008, is available with steel legs and a drawing is enclosed for reference. The second part of your request deals with the proposed model SDL1003C. This model would incorporate the channel style panel holder accepted on the model TF12C (WZ-141) with the leg support system of the model DL1003 (WZ-17). This stand will be available with steel support legs and is shown in the enclosed drawing for reference.

At a later date, August 27, 2007 you requested the FHWA extend acceptance to include 48-inch by 60-inch and smaller rectangular shaped 0.080 aluminum signs on your previously accepted TF 18, TF 60, TF 84 and STF18 sign stands (including 0.080 – 0.125 aluminum signs for the TF84 as accepted previously in our letter WZ 141). This request is acceptable when the sign mounting height remains the same and since the diamond shaped signs represent a worst case scenario that have passed previous crash testing.

Based on the information submitted to the FHWA and since you have changed nothing substantially regarding your previously tested and accepted portable sign stands, this letter acknowledges the FHWA acceptance of your previously accepted sign stands for use with steel leg supports. Also, the proposed portable sign stand models STF 1008 and SDL1003C are acceptable for use on the NHS when selected by a contracting authority.

Please note the following standard provisions that apply to the FHWA letters of acceptance:

This acceptance letter shall not be construed as authorization or consent by the FHWA to use, manufacture, or sell any patented device for which the applicant is not the patent holder. The acceptance letter is limited to the crashworthiness characteristics of the candidate device, and the FHWA is neither prepared nor required to become involved in issues concerning patent law. Patent issues, if any, are to be resolved by the applicant.

Sincerely yours,

George E. Rice, Jr.

George E. Rice, Jr.
Acting Director, Office of Safety Design
Office of Safety


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