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Roadside Safety
About Us
STAFF
Tracy Harris
Senior Roadside Design Engineer
503-986-3727
Vacant
Roadside Safety Engineer
503-986-3667
 

Programs
Our Goals
 
 
If a vehicle runs off the side of the road we want the driver to have every chance of recovery possible without major injury or fatality.
 
If the vehicle hits a roadside barrier we want it to be a survivable event.  The last thing we want is to have a device that is intended to save lives actually be instrumental in taking a life.
 
We want to ensure that all roadside safety devices that exist on our highways are capable of protecting the driving public, and are of the latest, crash-tested and approved design.  For every bridge that is crossed we must keep traffic from the blunt corners.  For every run of barrier that terminates we must have an approved cushion on the exposed end.

Roadside Barriers
 
Roadside Safety has many areas of concern.  One of the primary concerns is roadside barriers.
 
Oregon currently has over 2500 miles of roadside barriers in place.  Some of the systems are out-dated.  This unit is currently conducting an inventory of every run of roadside barrier that exists on State highways.  Non-compliant and substandard systems will be tagged for replacement or upgrade.  This effort is expected to take about two and a half years.  Hopefully, partly through this effort, Oregon will have accident statistics that is setting the national standard.
 
 

Resources

2011 Roadside Design Guide Errata 
 
Report - 9/22/05 - This is a report made recently regarding the performance of Low Tension Cable Rail.