Appendix A: Metal Beam GuardrailsAnchor: #CHDJIDAD
Section 1: OverviewAnchor: #i1005148
The objectives of this appendix are to make available data and guidelines for the use of roadside traffic barriers (typically metal beam guard fence) in a consolidated and understandable form. These guidelines should be supplemented by sound engineering judgment.
The area adjacent to the traveled way plays an important role in the safe operation of a high speed facility. Accident statistics show that a significant portion of accidents on rural roads are the single vehicle, run-off-the-road type. Provision of an obstacle free zone and the effective use of barriers to shield obstacles that cannot otherwise be removed or safety treated are important considerations for enhancing safety performance.
The Appendix also contains the following sections:
Section 2 - Barrier Need
Section 3 - Structural Consideration
Section 4 - Placement of Guardrail
Section 5 - End Treatment of Guardrail
Section 6 - Determining Length of Need of Barrier
Section 7 - Example Problems.