Logged in as: Public User

Ballasting Questions for the FHWA/DOT Midwest Work Zone Roundtable

Question
State MO
Description Text

From: Nick.Artimovich@dot.gov
[mailto:Nick.Artimovich@dot.gov]


Sent: Monday, July 21, 2014 12:25 PM

To: Daniel.Smith@modot.mo.gov

Cc: Ken.Wood@dot.gov; marc.thornsberry@dot.gov; Julie.Stotlemeyer@modot.mo.gov;
Rob.Frese@modot.mo.gov; James.Connell@modot.mo.gov

Subject: RE: Ballasting Questions for the FHWA/DOT Midwest Work Zone
Roundtable



 



Mr. Smith,



Thank you for your inquiry. I
will defer to the researchers at Midwest Roadside Safety Facility on this
question. They have conducted numerous tests on portable sign stands and would
be a better source for information. If their extensive crash testing experience
leads them to the opinion that your requested options would not seriously
compromise the crash-worthiness of these devices under NCHRP Report 350
then  I would concur with their assessment.



 



While I have reviewed numerous
crash test reports of portable sign stands I have not kept a record of which
used ballast, nor the performance of the ballast upon impact.



 



You may find contact information
for the MWRSF on our website listing all accredited laboratories: http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/roadway_dept/policy_guide/road_hardware/laboratories/



 



Regards,



 



Nicholas A. Artimovich, II



Highway Engineer, Safety Design
Team



Office of Safety Technologies,
Rm E71-322



Federal Highway Administration



U.S. Department of
Transportation



1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE



Washington, DC 20590



Phone 202-366-1331



Email nick.artimovich@dot.gov



WebSite  http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov



 



From: Dan Smith [mailto:Daniel.Smith@modot.mo.gov]

Sent: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 1:39 PM

To: Artimovich, Nick (FHWA)

Cc: Wood, Ken (FHWA); Thornsberry, Marc; Julie Stotlemeyer; Rob Frese;
JAMES D CONNELL

Subject: Ballasting Questions for the FHWA/DOT Midwest Work Zone
Roundtable



 



Mr. Artimovich:  MoDOT has been working on several
ballasting ideas as possible alternatives to sandbags.  In May, I
presented the ballasting ideas to the FHWA/DOT Midwest Work Zone Roundtable and
they were interested in the different ballasts and field applications.  As
a consensus, the roundtable would like your our opinion if they would be
acceptable alternatives or would need crash testing.   The
description and examples are located in the attached word document. 



 



If you have any questions please let me know.  Thank
you for your time. 



 



Daniel J. Smith, P.E.



Traffic Management and Operations Engineer



MoDOT – Traffic Division



830 MoDOT Drive P.O. Box 270



Jefferson City, MO 65102



Office: (573) 526-4329



Daniel.Smith@modot.mo.gov



 

Keywords
  • Work-Zone Systems
Other Keywords none
Date July 16, 2014
Attachment Ballast Questions & Pictures.docx


Response
Response

We have briefly reviewed the material contained in the recent inquiry. In general, if the ballast is not positioned higher than the originally configured sandbags/ballast and does not provide a potentially hazardous condition (based on size, material selection, attachment to base/legs, etc.), then alternative ballast options would likely allow the work-zone device to perform similarly and in a safe manner. If sand ballast bags or sacks are fabricated using a stronger material and protrude farther above the base and legs than original tested and evaluated, then I could envision a condition where small car vehicles encountered increased instabilities after traversing across the system.

 

http://mwrsf-qa.unl.edu/view.php?id=641

 

Date July 31, 2014


Contact Us:
130 Whittier Research Center
2200 Vine Street
Lincoln, NE 68583-0853
(402) 472-0965
Email: mwrsf@unl.edu
Disclaimer:
The information contained on the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility (MwRSF) website is subject to change without prior notice. The University of Nebraska and the MwRSF is not responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use or misuse of or reliance upon any such content, goods, or services available on this site.