Roadside Safety Research Group
This branch is responsible for evaluating the crash worthiness of roadside safety technology such as barriers, guardrails, crash cushions, bridge rails, sign supports and other hardware. The branch conducts full-scale crash tests on roadside safety hardware designs developed by Caltrans to assure that these designs comply with applicable crash performance criteria. It also evaluates the crash worthiness of proprietary hardware developed by others to assure that such hardware is acceptable for use on state highways. Finally, the branch provides support to Caltrans Legal in tort liability cases by conducting crash tests and providing technical assessments and expert witness testimony.
- Bob Meline
- John Jewell
- David Whitesel
- Christopher Caldwell
- Vue Her
Research in Progress
- Development of an Aesthetic / Low Maintenance Guardrail System
- Roadside Safety Computer Simulation
- Side Mounted Bridge Rail
Roadside Safety Research Implementation Information
The following table is intended to provide links to details and final reports for research performed by the Roadside Safety Research Branch in recent years.