Crash Testing and Evaluation of Work Zone BarricadesAuthor/Presenter: Bligh, Roger P.; Mak, King K.; Rhodes, Lewis R., Jr.
Proper traffic control and delineation are critical to achieving safety in work zones. However, the work zone traffic control devices themselves may pose a safety hazard to vehicle occupants or work crews when impacted by errant vehicles. Thus, there was a need to research the safety performance of work zone traffic control devices to ensure that they perform satisfactorily and meet National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 350 guidelines. Several research studies sponsored by the Texas Department of Transportation evaluated the impact performance of various work zone traffic control devices, such as temporary and portable sign supports, plastic drums, sign substrates for use with plastic drums, traffic cones, and vertical panels. Specifically addressed are the studies on barricades. Standard wooden barricade construction was found to be unacceptable due to a demonstrated potential for intrusion of fractured members into the occupant compartment. In response to deficiencies identified in the wooden barricade tests, several alternate barricade designs were developed and successfully tested.
Publisher: Transportation Research Board
Publication Date: January 1, 1998
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Publication Types: Books, Reports, Papers, and Research Articles
Topics: Barricades; Crash Tests; Temporary Traffic Control; Traffic Control Devices