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Wood Bridge Railings on Concrete Decks

State WI
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In 1998, a document was published entitled "Plans for Crash-Tested Wood Bridge Railings for Concrete Decks".  Could you tell me if this bridge rail was ever crash tested to MASH criteria? If not, are there any plans to crash test it?

Are you aware of any crash testing on this type of bridge rail being done by other testing facilities? We have been using this timber railing and the attachment details since 2000, and would like to find out its future.

Thanks for any assistance you can provide.

  • Bridge Rails
Other Keywords none
Date September 22, 2016
Attachment fplgtr108.pdf

Response Currently, no timber bridge rail systems have been evaluated to MASH, including the design attached. Additionally, there has been no plans made to evaluate this timber bridge rail to MASH at this time.

To the best of our knowledge, no other agencies or labs have conducted or plan to conduct testing of timber bridge rails, but the need to do so likely exists. 

This is an area that we could work with you and other states to investigate and study if you are interested. 

Date September 22, 2016

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