Selection of Performance Levels for Longitudinal Barriers

by H. E. Ross, Jr., Texas Transportation Inst, College, Station, TX, USA,
D. L. Sicking, Texas Transportation Inst, College, Station, TX, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Effectiveness of Highway Safety Improvements


There is a demand within the highway community for multi-service level safety features, including traffic barriers. The need has become more acute in recent years as revenues decline and as the demand for highway safety increases. This paper examines an array of longitudinal traffic barriers, having varying service or performance levels, to identify traffic conditions for which the respective barriers would have applications. A benefit/cost procedure was used in the analysis. The end result was a tentative set of suggested barrier performance limits that have application for practically all possible traffic conditions.

Subject Headings: Traffic accidents | Highway barriers | Traffic safety | Highway engineering | Revenues | Highways and roads | Systems engineering | Economic factors

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