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Safety Eligibility Letter WZ - 331

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U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration

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

March 11, 2014

In Reply Refer To:
HSST/WZ-331

Mr. Henry A. Ross
Plasticade
7700 North Austin Avenue
Skokie, Illinois 60077

Dear Mr. Ross:

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: Plasticade Telespar Type III Barricade
Type of system: Generic/Non-Proprietary Type III Work Zone Barricade
Test Level: NCHRP Report 350 Test Level 3
Testing conducted by: N/A
Date of request: November 4, 2013
Complete package February 6, 2014

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

Based on a review of crash testing of generic Type lli barricades conducted by individual state DOTs, multi-state pooled fund efforts, or National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) research projects, the manufacturer is certifying the devices described herein meet the crash test and evaluation criteria of the NCHRP Report 350, and that the devices are eligible for reimbursement under the Federal-aid highway program. Eligibility for reimbmsement under the
Federal-aid highway program does not establish approval or endorsement by the FHWA for any par1icular purpose or use.

The FHWA, the Department ofTransportation, 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 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.

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 FHW A eligibility letters:

 

Sincerely yours,

/* Signature of Michael S. Griffith*/

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

Enclosures

Request for Federal Aid Reimbursement Eligibility
Of Highway Safety Hardware

Submitter Date of Request: November 4, 2013 radio button New   open radio buttonResubmission
Name: Henry A. Ross Signature: /s/ Henry A. Ross
Company: Plasticade
Address: 7700 N. Austin Avenue, Skokie, IL 60077
Country: USA
To: Michael S. Griffith, Director
FHWA, Office of Safety Technologies

I request the following devices be considered eligible for reimbursement under the Federal-aid highway program.

System Type Submission Type Device Name/Variant Testing Criterion Test Level
'WZ': Crash Worthy Work Zone Traffic Control Devices Radio Button Physical Crash Testing
Radio Button FEA & V&V Analysis
Plasticade Angle IronType III Barricade NCHRP Report 350 TL3

By submitting this request for review and evaluation by the Federal Highway Administration, I certify that the product(s) was (were) tested in conformity with the NCHRP Report 350 (Report 350) and that the evaluation results meet the appropriate evaluation criteria in the Report 350.

Identification of the individual or organization responsible for the product:

Contact Name: Henry A. Ross Same as Submitter ☒
Company Name: Plasticade Same as Submitter ☒
Address: 7700 N. Austin Avenue, Skokie, IL 60077 Same as Submitter ☒
Country: USA Same as Submitter ☒

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Radio Button New Hardware Radio ButtonModification to Existing Hardware  

see attached description

 

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CRASH TESTING

A brief description of each crash test and its result:

Required Test Number Narrative Description Evaluation Results
3-70 (820C)    
S3-70 (700C)    
3-71 (820C)    
S3-71 (700C)    

FHWA Office of Safety
Highway Safety Hardware
Form to Request Eligibility for Federal Aid Reimbursement
Tutorial Commentary

Welcome to the FHWA Office of Safety's Tutorial for the 'Form to Request Eligibility for Federal Aid Reimbursement' (Form). This Form is the standard for transmittal of all highway safety hardware to FHWA. The following steps serve to guide a successful completion ofthe Form.

Please contact Nick Artimovich (202-366-1331) or Will Longstreet (202-366-0087) of FHWA's Office of Safety with questions, comments or if experiencing difficulty. The Form requires Adobe® software (Full or Reader versions) to complete.

Essentials for getting started as follows:
l.Adobe® X Reader (minimum)
2.Active Outlook or a web-based email account
3.Copy FORM to your C-Drive before getting started
4.Save-As using the following convention in naming your file:
i.e.; Business Name_System Type_Name ofProduct_Submission date}
key:'_'= underscore

Steps for successful completion of the 'Request for Federal Aid Reimbursement Eligibility of Highway Safety Hardware' as follows:

  1. Enable Java Scripts
  2. Use 'tab' button to proceed to each succeeding required field
  3. All required fields are highlighted
  4. Some required fields have prescribed choices (via clicking the down·'▼' arrow located at right hand side of the field). 'Click' on desired choice & then tab to next available required highlighted field.
  5. Spell out formal names, including safety hardware and devices. If an abbreviation (acronym) is desired and/or used, please indicate inside parenthesis after initial formal name.
  6. 'Help' buttons are provided for additional description for content clarity
  7. Product Description field shall be limited to total of 400 word count.
  8. Crash Testing Narrative Description shall be limited to 400 word total count.
  9. Upon completion ofthe FORM and is prepared to send. click 'SUBMIT' button located at the end of form. This will prompt pop-up box that will request to select one of 2 email preference (i.e., Outlook or other web based email.
  10. The default recipient ofthis email is the Office of Safety
  11. Attach additional documents required for submission (10 megabyte max.
  12. If required attachment files exceed I Omegabyte max., forward to FHWA via mail carrier all excess files on compact disk or other memory access medium.
  13. A signature is required, to be located at the 'Submitter' table. adjacent to 'Name' and to be forwarded via U.S. Mail or a private carrier to the FHWA Office of Safety, 1200 New Jersey Avenue S.E., Washington, D.C. 20590. A scanned copy (i.e., .pdf file) of an original signature is also acceptable.

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Request for Federal Aid Reimbursement Eligibility
Of Highway Safety Hardware

Submitter Date of Request: November 4, 2013 selectradio button New   open radio buttonResubmission
Name: Henry A. Ross Signature:
Company: Plasticade
Address: 7700 N. Austin Avenue, Skokie, IL 60077
Country: USA
To: Michael S. Griffith, Director
FHWA, Office of Safety Technologies

I request the following devices be considered eligible for reimbursement under the Federal-aid highway program.

System Type Submission Type Device Name/Variant Testing Criterion Test Level
'WZ': Crash Worthy Work Zone Traffic Control Devices Radio Button Physical Crash Testing
Radio Button FEA & V&V Analysis
Plasticade Telespar Type III Barricade NCHRP Report 350 TL3

By submitting this request for review and evaluation by the Federal Highway Administration, I certify that the product(s) was (were) tested in conformity with the NCHRP Report 350 (Report 350) and that the evaluation results meet the appropriate evaluation criteria in the Report 350.

Identification of the individual or organization responsible for the product:

Contact Name: Henry A. Ross Same as Submitter ☒
Company Name: Plasticade Same as Submitter ☒
Address: 7700 N. Austin Avenue, Skokie, IL 60077 Same as Submitter ☒
Country: USA Same as Submitter ☒

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

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Uprights consist of 63" tall 1.75" × 1.75" 14 gauge PSST galvanized posts. Posts are inserted into 6" tall risers made of 2.0" x 2.0" 14 gauge P5ST galvanized post welded to either a 60" × 2.0" × 2.0" 14 gauge PSST galvanized "foot" or a 60" × 1.5" × 1.5" 10 gauge A36 mill finish angle iron steel "foot". Barricade panels consist of nominal 1" × hollow-core high density polyethylene in lengths of 4', 6', 8', 10' or 12'. Lateral spacing between uprights shall allow no more than 12 inches of panel overhang. Hardware for attaching barricade panels to PSST uprights consists of the following: 5/16" × 1.5" zinc plated fender washer, 5/16" × 3.0" zinc plated hex bolt, 5/16" zinc plated nut with nylon insert, 5/16" zinc plated washer.
Barricade may be supplied with either one or two lightweight warning lights mounted above the top barricade panel.

 

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CRASH TESTING

A brief description of each crash test and its result:

Required Test Number Narrative Description Evaluation Results
3-70 (820C)   WAIVER REQUESTED
S3-70 (700C)   WAIVER REQUESTED
3-71 (820C)   WAIVER REQUESTED
S3-71 (700C)   WAIVER REQUESTED

Full Scale Crash Testing was done in compliance with Report 350 by the following accredited crash test laboratory (cite the laboratory's accreditation status as noted in the crash test reports.):

Laboratory Name:  
Laboratory Contact:   Same as Submitter ☐
Address:   Same as Submitter ☐
Country:   Same as Submitter ☐
Accreditation Certificate Number and Date:  

ATTACHMENTS

Attach to this form:

1) A copy of the full test report, video, and a Test Data Summary Sheet for each test conducted in support of this request.

A drawing or drawings of the device(s) that conform to the Task Force-13 Drawing Specifications [Hardware Guide Drawing Standards]. For proprietary products, a single isometric line drawing is usually acceptable to illustrate the product, with detailed specifications, intended use, and contact information provided on the reverse. Additional drawings (not in TF-13 format) showing details that are key to understanding the performance of the device should also be submitted to facilitate our review.

FHWA Official Business Only:

Eligibility Letter AASHTO TF13 Key Words
Number Date Designator
       

PLASTICADE

The following "generic" or public domain letters issued by Federal Highway Administration contain pertinent information that supports our requests for acceptance of the Plasticade Telespar Type III Barricade and the Plasticade Angle Iron Type Ill Barricade:

WZ-03 (a) issued August 28, 1998
(b) issued August 28, 1998
(c) issued August 28, 1998
(d) issued August 28, 1998
(e) issued August 28, 1998
(f) issued August 28, 1998
(g) issued August 28, 1998
WZ-40 issued June 6, 2000
WZ-44 issued July 25, 2000 to PennDOT
WZ-54 issued September 15, 2000
WZ-55 issued December 18, 2000 to MN DOT
WZ-85 issued November 15, 2001
WZ-240 issued September 8, 2006

In addition, WZ-299 was issued to Plasticade on March 10, 2011, and WZ-302 was issued to Plasticade on March 11, 2011. Both of these letters are for Type III barricades.

TELESPAR & ANGLE IRON TYPE III BARRICADES

Telespar® Uprights with Telespar Feet

Telespar® Uprights with Angle Iron Feet

Angle Iron Uprights with Angle Iron Feet

Three Options Available

  • Telespar® uprights with Telespar® feet
  • Telespar® uprights with TAngle Iron feet
  • Angle Iron uprights with Angle Iron feet
  • Telespar®

    • Square shape provides superior wind load capabilities and inhibits warping
    • Uprights and feet – 14 gauge
    • Galvanized, hot rolled high carbon steel
    • Prepunched universal mounting holes –7/16" dia.
  • Angle Iron

    • Uprights are 10 gauge, galvanized steel
    • Holes for boards – 11/32" dia., holes for lights 9/16" dia.
    • Feet are 10 gauge steel mill finish
  • Plastic boards available in 4', 6', 8', 10', and 12' lengths
    • Reflective sheeting on one or both sides
  • Quick removal of uprights from feet
    • Allows for short term or permanet placement
  • Easy to assemble and replace parts if necessary
  • Accepts two flashing lights
  • NCHRP-350 Accepted, Meets MUTCD Standards


TELESPAR® & Angle Iron Type III Barricades Kit and diagrams of how to assembly the barricades

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