California Department of Transportation
 

Aesthetics Research

Guardrail Test

The intangible value of roadside aesthetics is considered in projects that examine the appearance of the roadway environment.

Aesthetic/Low Maintenance Guardrail System, 2009

This research project is in progress. The final report will be posted when it becomes available. This study will develop and test a new guardrail system to NCHRP Report 350 Test Level 3 (TL-3) for freeway and highway conditions. It will meet California's needs for an aesthetically pleasing guardrail and be able to sustain vehicular impacts with minimal or no damage

Low Profile Barrier, 2007

This research project is in progress. The final report will be posted when it becomes available.
The purpose of this project is to develop an aesthetic low-profile barrier that can be used in certain locations to shield motorists from trees or other landscaping obstacles, either in a median or on the right roadside.

Weathering Steel Guardrail, 2007

This research project is in progress. The final report will be posted when it becomes available.
The objective of this problem focus study is to revise Traffic Operations Policy Directive 02-02 so that weathering steel guardrail (WSGR) with an improved joint detail that can be used in all regions of California except the three coastal regions identified on the Caltrans Pavement Climate Regions Map.