InTrans / Aug 14, 2018

Multiple-Service-Level Highway Bridge Railing Selection Procedures

This report contains the findings of an extensive analytical and experimental investigation intended to advance procedures for development of bridge railing systems.
A lower cost bridge railing system, intended for use when warranted by particular site conditions, was developed and evaluated by full-scale crash tests. Furthermore, an approach was developed for selecting the appropriate category of railing system based on a classification of conditions at the particular bridge site. These findings are recommended for immediate application and will be of interest to bridge engineers and others concerned with design and performance of bridge railings and vehicle barrier systems in general.