What are some first steps and resources that can get me started with evaluating and managing my guiderail assets?
When managing any asset it is important first to know what you have and what the conditions of the assets are. The first step would be to develop an inventory of your guiderails and then a condition assessment. As you are doing this it might be beneficial to determine if a guiderail is even necessary, then make the necessary repairs and updates.
To help understand what you need to be looking for and how to determine whether a guiderail is necessary the Cornell Local Roads Program has developed several documents to serve as guidance. On the Cornell Local Roads Program website we have prepared seven Tech Tips addressing guiderail. You can download these Tech Tips at https://cornell.app.box.com/v/intro
Another document we have prepared is titled: “Solutions for Safer Roads & Streets.” This workshop manual was prepared to focus on improving the overall safety on our local roads and streets. This can be found at the following link: https://cornell.app.box.com/v/solutions-safer-roads
We recommend that you review these documents to get a better understanding of the accepted approaches to safety, including guiderail.