NCHRP Report 350 Testing of W-Beam Slotted-Rail Terminal Academic Article uri icon


  • Two slotted-rail terminal (SRT) designs, one for use on roadways with speed limits of 72.4 km/hr (45 mi/hr) or less and the other for high-speed facilities, were previously developed and successfully crash-tested in accordance with guidelines set forth in NCHRP Report 230. Those SRT designs have been approved by FHWA for use on federal-aid projects. However, FHWA has since adopted NCHRP Report 350 as the official guidelines for safety performance evaluation of roadside features and required that all roadside features to be used on the National Highway System be crash-tested in accordance with the NCHRP Report 350 guidelines by 1998. It is therefore necessary to modify and retest the SRT designs in accordance with NCHRP Report 350 guidelines. The modified SRT design has successfully met the guidelines set forth in NCHRP Report 350 for Test Level 3 conditions, that is, 100-km/hr (62.2 mi/hr) and the results of the crash testing. The modified SRT design has been approved by FHWA for use on the national highway system.

published proceedings

  • Transportation Research Record Journal of the Transportation Research Board

author list (cited authors)

  • Mak, K. K., Ross, H. E., Bligh, R. P., & Menges, W. L.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Mak, King K||Ross, Hayes E||Bligh, Roger P||Menges, Wanda L

publication date

  • January 1997