I have heard that NYSDOT is removing X-lite guiderail terminals because of concerns that they may be dangerous. What, if anything, should I be doing?

Lately there have been concerns as to the safety of
X-lite guiderail terminals following a series of vehicle impacts that have resulted in fatalities.

When crashed into at high speeds, all guiderail terminals are dangerous and it has not been established that the X-Lite is more dangerous than other terminals.

However, in response to heightened public concern, NYSDOT decided to remove the few X-Lite terminals (43) that had been installed.

It is likely that there are very few, if any, of these terminals in use on local highways. If you locate any X-Lite terminals locally, you may contact either NYSDOT or FHWA for further guidance on their acceptability at that time.

 

Resources

FHWA Official Response
https://cornell.box.com/v/FHWAGuiderail

Emmett McDevitt, FHWA
Emmett.McDevitt@dot.gov

Terry Hale, NYSDOT
thale@dot.state.ny.us

Media

http://wivb.com/2018/01/25/new-york-will-remove-x-lite-guardrails-following-fatal-accident-involving-fredonia-native/

http://www.wgrz.com/video/news/local/ny-to-remove-x-lite-from-roads/71-2893980


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