Development of Guidance for the Selection, Use, and Maintenance of Cable Barrier Systems

Due to their proven ability to reduce fatalities and injuries as well as their initial low cost, cable barrier systems are rapidly being deployed along the roadside and in the medians of our highways. As the use of these systems has increased, experience has indicated various factors that influence system performance as well as gaps in knowledge. As the number of installations escalates around the country, there is a need to formulate guidelines and standardized practices for cable barrier systems. A variety of cable barrier systems (proprietary and generic) have been deployed across the country. In general, issues have emerged concerning performance characteristics. In addition, design differences among various available systems contribute to different performance characteristics, implementation, and maintenance requirements. A better understanding of the link between placement and performance of these systems is needed to ensure that they will meet expectations. As a result research is necessary to identify both commonalities and differences, to address knowledge gaps, and to provide guidance that will optimize performance of these systems for different field conditions. </span><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt">The objective of this research is to develop guidelines for the selection, use, and maintenance of cable barrier systems. The scope of the project includes all cable barrier systems for median and roadside applications.</span></div>


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 22-25

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Niessner, Charles

  • Performing Organizations:

    George Washington University, Washington DC

    Department of Civil, Mechanical and Environmental Engineering
    Washington, DC    20006
  • Principal Investigators:

    Kan, Steve

  • Start Date: 20080428
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20111130
  • Source Data: RiP Project 16903

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01464576
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 22-25
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:45PM