GDOT Places Moratorium on Guardrails

first_img Related Stories   Concerns about crash test data has caused Georgia, and more than two dozen other states, to stop installing ET-Plus guardrails.“Most states have done a similar action to just place a hold, place this moratorium on this product being used until we have the appropriate crash tests.  And then at that point we will begin to make decisions based on that new information,” says Natalie Dale, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Transportation.Earlier this month, a federal jury determined Trinity Industries was guilty of fraud, by providing less-than-accurate data to the government.In a written statement, Federal Highway Administration spokesman Neil Gaffney said it is forcing Trinity Industries to re-test its guardrail end terminals so that it meets “the safety criteria established by Georgia and other states and most importantly, the safety expectations of motorists on our highways.” There are reports the guardrails sliced through some vehicles upon impact. An audio version of this story.1:15Dale says of the roughly 350,000 accidents in Georgia last year, less than 500 involved guardrail endpoints. However she says the goal is to make the commute around the state as safe as possible.“You can’t look at a list of fatalities on our highways and say that one would ever be more important than another.  So we are always working toward zero deaths on our highways,” says DaleGDOT, and the other states, should have a time-table for the re-testing process within the next few days. Share ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility 1:15 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List For Whom The Bell Rings last_img

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