Safety Eligibility Letter WZ-329
U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Ave. S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20590
April 23, 2014
In Reply Refer To:
Mr. John M. Pasakarnis
Dicke Tool Company
1201 Warren Avenue.
Downers Grove, Illinois 60515
Dear Mr. Pasakarnis:
TThis letter is in response to your request for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to review modified roadside safety systems for eligibility for reimbursement under the Federal-aid highway program.
|Name of system:
|Type of system:
||X-Footprint Portable Sign Stands
|Testing conducted by:
|Date of request:
||June 26, 2013
The following devices are eligible, with details provided in the form and letter which are attached as an integral part of this letter:
- TF1240, STF1240 X-Footprint Portable Sign Stands with two-piece masts.
Based on a review of the analysis submitted by the manufacturer certifying the devices described herein meet 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.
To be found eligible for Federal-aid funding, roadside safety devices should meet the crash test and evaluation criteria contained in the NCHRP Report 350 or the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH).
The devices and supporting documentation are described in the attached form.
Summary and Standard Provisions
Therefore, the systems described and detailed in the attached form are 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:
- This finding of eligibility does not cover other structural features of the systems, nor conformity with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.
- Any changes that may influence system conformance with NCHRP Report 350 criteria will require a new reimbursement eligibility letter.
- Should the FHWA discover that the qualification testing was flawed, that in-service performance reveals safety problems, or that the system is significantly different from the version that was crash tested, we reserve the right to modify or revoke this letter.
- You are expected to supply potential users with sufficient information on design and installation 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 crash test and evaluation criteria of the NCHRP Report 350.
- To prevent misunderstanding by others, this letter of eligibility is designated as number WZ-329 and shall not be reproduced except in full. This letter and the test documentation upon which it is based are public information. All such letters and documentation may be reviewed at our office upon request.
- This letter shall not be construed as authorization or consent by the FHWA to use, manufacture, or sell any patented system for which the applicant is not the patent holder. The FHWA does not become involved in issues concerning patent law. Patent issues, if any, are to be resolved by the applicant.
- The Dicke Tool Company portable sign stands are patented products and considered proprietary. If proprietary systems are specified by a highway agency for use on Federal-aid projects: (a) they must be supplied through competitive bidding with equally suitable unpatented items; (b) the highway agency must certify that they are essential for synchronization with the existing highway facilities or that no equally suitable alternative exists; or (c) they must be used for research or for a distinctive type of construction on relatively short sections of road for experimental purposes.
- Our regulations concerning proprietary products are contained in Title 23, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 635.411.
Michael S. Griffith
Director, Office of Safety Technologies
Office of Safety