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  • MASH update: AASHTO Committee on Design
    At its mid-June meeting, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Committee on Design passed a resolution to be balloted by the states urging the organization’s Technical Committee on Roadside Safety (TCRS) to delay the Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH) implementation dates “until a suitable process can be established to fill the technical role previously filled by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), at which time the implementation schedule should be revisited. The resolution does not become “official” until that balloting process is completed. The resolution cited the lack of technical support to researchers and manufacturers developing roadside hardware, the lack of technical expertise by many states to conduct reviews of crash data, and the lack of technical assistance and expertise that has been traditionally provided by FHWA to manufacturers, laboratories, and state practitioners as key reasons for its recommendation. It also stated that a single, national resource for establishing eligibility of safety hardware is preferable, a position that is consistent with that expressed by the Committee on Streets and Highways (chief engineers) at the AASHTO Spring Meeting. TCRS is scheduled to meet on July 11-12 in Austin, Texas. Please note that this is not an open meeting. A full copy of the full resolution is available.



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