Evaluation of Light Pole Foundation Embedment

Research that results in guidance to designers about how to account for the impact of a vehicle on the light pole. No one at DOT remembers a 3’x6’ concrete light pole foundation being damaged when struck by a vehicle, but the calculations show it should fail when factoring the frangible coupling shear strength. The research could: (1) Survey how other DOTs handle this issue and provide similar guidance. (2) Provide a literature review of any similar studies that have already been undertaken. (3) Develop an analytical program to address the knowledge gaps and determine the acceptable risk of a base failing from a vehicle impact. (4) Perform crash testing to validate the analytical program for various soil conditions common in Alaska.