Roadside Safety Hardware

Roadway departure (RwD) crashes account for more than 50% of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities. Over the past few decades, different engineering countermeasures have been proposed, implemented and tested by various state and local agencies to mitigate RwD crashes. Improving median or roadside barrier design is one of the most effective countermeasures available to reduce RwD fatal crashes.

These devices suffered damage to their reputation as life savers because of some isolated unfortunate incidents, however the safety benefits beyond any doubt have been proven by numerous research studies. At this juncture, the life-saving qualities of roadside guardrails and median barriers need to be underscored.

ATSSA has a committee dedicated to the advancement of guardrails. The Guardrail Committee (member login required) works to preserve funding through the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP), a federal program which dedicates funds to infrastructure safety. The committee also promotes a fully funded Highway Trust Fund (HTF) and other funding opportunities. It works with ATSSA chapters and members to develop and deliver government relations services at the state level, encourages members to utilize these services and educates the administration on roadway safety infrastructure.

Federal Highway Administration
FHWA Memo on Evaluating Roadside Hardware

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued a memo dated April 9, 2018 to provide guidance to the FHWA Division Offices…

Federal Highway Administration
FHWA Open Letter to Highway Safety and Roadside Community

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is improving its process for issuing Federal-aid eligibility letters for roadside safety hardware systems. The…

Guardrail Inspection Checklist

ATSSA’s Guardrail Inspection Checklist is a fillable PDF, made available to industry professionals for use with roadside safety hardware. This…

Guardrail Summation – Toward Zero Deaths

Over the years, ATSSA has demonstrated that the installation or upgrade of roadway safety features – many of them available…

Guidelines on the Use of Low-Profile Portable Concrete Barrier

This “Guidelines on the Use of Low-Profile Portable Concrete Barrier in Low to Moderate Speed Work Zones” 8.5 x 11″…

Special Report: ATSSA Raw Materials Update

ATSSA published a special report with a raw materials update and urged members to share the information with the departments…