Testing Non-Proprietary Devices to MASH 2016 Criteria

The objective of this research effort is to evaluate the performance of a non-proprietary work zone safety device, such as a work zone sign support or barricade. The device will be commonly used by the Smart Work Zone Deployment Initiative (SWZDI) State departments of transportation (DOTs). The selected device's performance will be evaluated according to the Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH) Test Level 3 (TL- 3) Safety criteria through two full-scale crash tests at 0-degree and 90-degree impact angles. In these tests, the selected work zone device will be impacted by an 1100C passenger car at an impact speed of 62 mph, as required by MASH. The research study recommended herein would primarily be directed toward improving the safety and minimizing risk for the monitoring public traveling within our nation's work-zones and on our highways and roadways. More specifically, this project would address the goal of the Smart Work Zone Deployment Initiative, which is "to develop improved methods and products for addressing safety and mobility in work zones by evaluating new technologies and methods, thereby enhancing safety and efficiency of traffic operations and highway workers. The project is a public partnership between the sponsoring public transportation agencies in several Midwestern States, the FHWA, private technology providers and university transportation researchers."

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • The research effort for the proposed project would be overseen and reviewed by a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) consisting of NDOR personnel and additional members as warranted based on input from SWZDI. Currently, the TAC committee has been proposed to include the following members. Matt Neemann - Matt.Neemann@nebraska.gov - 402-479-4594 Matt Rauch - Matt.Rauch@dot.wi.gov - 608-246-5305 Brian Smith - brian.smith@dot.iowa.gov - 515-239-1402


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $63811
  • Contract Numbers:


    Contract# 19023

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Iowa Department of Transportation

    800 Lincoln Way
    Ames, IA  United States  50010
  • Managing Organizations:

    University of Nebraska, Lincoln

    527 Nebraska Hall
    Lincoln, NE  United States  68588-0529
  • Project Managers:

    Sprengeler, Dan

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Nebraska, Lincoln

    527 Nebraska Hall
    Lincoln, NE  United States  68588-0529
  • Principal Investigators:

    Schmidt, Jennifer

  • Start Date: 20170501
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180831
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01659842
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Iowa Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: TPF-5(295), Contract# 19023
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 12 2018 11:47AM