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Roadway Approved Products List

ODOT's Office of Roadway Engineering issues additional guidance for designers, vendors, and contractors with regards to proprietary Roadside Safety Devices.  Not all available products are proprietary.  Generic roadside safety devices are usually developed by state highway departments by using public research funds, and these products are generally available for any public entity to use.  Generic products are addressed on this page, ODOT's Location & Design Manual, Volume 1, Roadway Standard Construction Drawings, or Plan Insert Sheets.

Guardrail End Treatments

For each ODOT Type system, all products and product configurations listed in that Type are considered equal.  Contractors are free to chose which system they install from the approved list.

Maintenance: Contact product vendor for repair information/drawings/manuals of previous versions of these units.

Products Accepted for Use of NHS Routes

MGS GUARDRAIL END TREATMENTS: 

Type E Tangential End Treatment
Reference July 2012 L&D Vol. 1 Section 603.3.3, Plan note R113a, and SCD MGS-5.3

Type B Flared End Treatment
Reference Current L&D Vol. 1 Section 603.3.2, Plan Note R112a, and SCDs MGS-5.2, MGS-6.1 & MGS-6.2.

Products Accepted for Use on Non-NHS Routes

MGS GUARDRAIL END TREATMENTS:

Type B Flared End Treatment
Reference Current L&D Vol. 1 Section 603.3.2, Plan Note R112a, and SCDs MGS-5.2, MGS-6.1 & MGS-6.2.

Type E Tangential End Treatment
Reference July 2012 L&D Vol. 1 Section 603.3.3, Plan Note R113a, and SCD MGS-5.3


TYPE 5 GUARDRAIL END TREATMENTS:

Type B Flared End Treatment
Reference July 2012 L&D Vol. 1 Section 603.3.2, Plan Note R112, and SCDs GR-2.3, GR-5.1, GR-5.2, GR-6.1 & GR-6.2.

Type E Tangential End Treatment
Reference July 2012 L&D Vol. 1 Section 603.3.3, Plan Note R113, and SCDs GR-2.3 & GR-5.3

Impact Attenuators

Maintenance: Contact product vendor for repair information/drawings/manuals of previous versions of these units.​

Permanent Impact Attenuators - ODOT Type 1

L&D Section 603.4.1, Plan Note R123, and SCDs GR-3.5, GR-6.1, GR-6.2, RM-4.6

Permanent or Work Zone Impact Attenuators - ODOT Type 2

L&D Section 603.4.2, Plan Note R124, and SCD RM-4.6

Permanent or Work Zone Impact Attenuators - ODOT Type 3

L&D Section 603.4.3, Plan Note R125, and SCD RM-4.6

Work Zone Attenuators Only

L&D Section 603.2.2 and 603.4.4, TEM 642-30, and Roadway Engineering's Maintaining Traffic SCD for Impact Attenuator Placement, MT-101.75

Sand Barrels

Reference Location and Design Volume 1 Section 603.4.5 and the Traffic Engineering Manual Section 605-15.2. Contact the manufacturer for additional design layouts and installation guidance.

Maintenance: Contact product vendor for repair information/drawings/manuals of previous versions of these units.​

Alternate Guardrail Blockouts

Approved Alternative MGS Guardrail Blockouts

Alternate Guardrail Blockouts must meet NCHRP 350 or MASH crash testing criteria, have a FHWA acceptance letter, and be listed here to be used on ODOT projects.

Monroeville Industrial Moldings
75 Ontario St
Norwalk, Ohio 44857
Office: (419) 668-1820
Fax: (419) 668-3683
Contact Person: Ms. Tracy Dunham (419) 668-1820 x 205 or Mr. Holly Tuttle (419) 668-1820 x202
Monroeville 12 inch "MGS Composite Offset Block"


Mondo Polymer Technologies, Inc.
27620 State Route 7
P.O. Box 250
Reno, Ohio 45773
(740) 376-9396 
Mondo Polymer Blockout for Midwest Guardrails System (MGS)

Approved Alternative Type 5 Guardrail Blockouts

Alternate Guardrail Blockouts must meet NCHRP 350 or MASH crash testing criteria, have a FHWA acceptance letter, and be listed here to be used on ODOT projects.

ANRO Products, Inc.
7220 Hall Road
Muskegon, MI 49442
616-682-4158
ANRO Plastic Block for steel posts


Creative Building Products
4307 Arden Drive
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46804-4446
(219) 432-7158


CAMMCO, Inc.
1800 Greenbrier Road
Anniston, Alabama 36207
(256) 835-4062


Monroeville Industrial Moldings
75 Ontario St
Norwalk, Ohio 44857
Office: (419) 668-1820
Fax: (419) 668-3683
Contact Person: Ms. Tracy Dunham (419) 668-1820 x 205 or Mr. Holly Tuttle (419) 668-1820 x202
P-Block-Series


Eco-Composites
17169 Hayes Road
Grand Haven, MI 49417
(616) 844-2001


Mondo Polymer Technologies, Inc.
P.O. Box 250
Reno, Ohio 45773
(740) 376-9396


Kalamazoo Forest Products, Inc.
503 18th Street
Otsego, MI  49078
(269)692-2023 
Narrow wood blockout for steel post - 4"x8"x14"
Narrow wood blockout for round wood post - 4"x8"x14"


R&P Products
12559 Lincoln St.
Paris, Ohio 44669
(330) 862-3804


Lifetime Lumber Products
Division of Jomarico, Inc.
3407 Oak Alley Ct. Number 503
(419) 537-0002


Midwestern Wholesalers, Inc.
4832 Plank Road
Norwalk, Ohio 44857
(800)668-1610
Narrow wood blockout for steel post - 4"x8"x14"
Narrow wood blockout for round wood post - 4"x8"x14"


RAMCO International
P.O. Box 1477
Oceanview, Delaware 19970
(302) 539-0414


McArthur Lumber and Post
31310 State Route 93
McArthur, Ohio 45651
(740) 596-2551
Narrow wood blockout for steel post - 4"x8"x14"
Narrow wood blockout for round wood post - 4"x8"x14"


Trinity Highway Products LLC - King Block
1170 N. State St.
Girard, Oh 44420
(800) 835-6054

Alternate Guardrail Posts

Engineered Guardrail Posts must meet NCHRP 350 crash testing criteria, have a FHWA acceptance letter, and be listed here to be used on ODOT projects.

Contact Product Federal Approval Restrictions
HALCO, LLC.
(330) 533-3498
X-44 Post
(Alternate for W9x12 steel or 6"x 8" or  8" dia. wood posts.)
HSA-B-80C
(6/30/03)

Allowed as shown on Standard Drawing GR-2.1, except for:

  1. Not allowed on two sided (barrier) guardrail runs.
  2. Where longer posts are required.
  3. This post is not allowed to be used in guardrail end treatments or in bridge terminal assemblies (guardrail transitions)

Detectable Warnings

Specification 712.14:

Furnish materials conforming to the following requirements:

  • Products must be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Products will be designed to be physically embedded into concrete and be of a color that visually contrasts with the concrete. Do not use black as a color.
  • Products may be manufactured from materials of cast iron, stainless steel, polymer concrete, reinforced polymer composite, or granite. Products may be designed as either one time installation products or replaceable products.
  • Surface applied, stamped concrete, concrete, and brick products will not be permitted.
  • Detectable Warning Devices will be provided with a minimum 5 year written warranty with at least the following:
  1. The installed device will remain ADA compliant for the term of the warranty period.
  2. During the warranty period at least 85% of the truncated domes on installed device will remain entirely intact.
  3. The installed device will remain securely affixed to and flush with the concrete substrate.
  4. Any surface coating applied to the installed product will remain in place and color fast.
  5. At no cost to the Department, the manufacturer will replace the product, including all installation costs, if during the 5 year warranty period the product fails to comply with the above warranty requirements. Any new device installed under the warranty will meet the requirements of this specification

See Standard Construction Construction Drawing BP-7.1 for dimensions.

As part of the acceptance for inclusion on this Approved Products List (APL) submit the proposed warranty to the Department along with material samples, dimensional drawings, and written installation procedures to:

Roadway Standards Engineer
ODOT Office of Roadway Engineering
1980 W. Broad Street, Mail Stop 1230
Columbus, OH 43223​

Approved Detectable Warnings

ACCESS PRODUCT, INC

  • ACCESS TILE

241 MAIN ST, SUITE 100
BUFFALO, NY 14203
888-673-4022


ACO POLYMER PRODUCTS

  • VERSATILE

P.O. BOX 12067
CASA GRANDE, AZ 85230
888-490-9552


ADA SOLUTIONS/MA

  • RADIUS TACTILE
  • CAST-IN-PLACE TACTILE
  • CAST-IN-PLACE (WET SET) REPL. TACTILE
  • IRON DOME CAST IRON (WET SET)

NORTH BILLERICA, MA 01862
800-372-0519


ADVANTAGE TACTILE SYSTEMS, INC.

  • ADVANTAGE CAST IRON

241 MAIN STREET SUITE 100
BUFFALO, NY 14203
800-679-4022


ALERTTILE

  • ALERTCAST CASTIN- PLACE REPLACEABLE

215 S WATER ST, SUITE 103
WILMINGTON, NC 28401
877-232-6287


ARMOR-TILE/NY

  • HERCULITE SERIES

300 INTERNATIONAL DR SUITE 100
WILLIAMSVILLE, NY 14221
800-682-2525


ARMORCAST PROD/CA

  • ARMORCAST DETECTABLE WARNING TILE

13230 SATICOY STREET
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA 91605
818-982-3600


EAST JORDAN IRON/MI

  • EJ DURALAST

P.O. BOX 439
EAST JORDAN, MI 49727
800-874-4100


NEENAH FOUNDRY/COLS

  • NEENAH FOUNDRY DETECTABLE WARNING PL

3831 ZANE TRACE DR
COLUMBUS, OH 43228
614-572-7056


TUFTILE

  • HIGH IMPACT POLYMER
  • CAST IRON

1200 FLEX COURT
LAKE ZURICH, IL 60047
847-307-3070

Glare Screens

All products to have 18"- 24" green blades. Glare screens must be fastened to barriers according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Carsonite Modular Glare Screen
Carsonite International
2900 Lockheed Way
Carson City, Nevada  89701


Syro Glarefoil
Syro Steel Incorp.
Subsidiary of Trinity Industries
1170 N. State St.
Girard, Ohio 44420
330-545-4373


Flexstake Glare Screen
Flexstake, Inc.
2510 Andrea Lane #C
Fort Myers, FL 33912
800-348-9839


Safe-Hit Glare Screen
Trinity Highway Products
655 E. Dixie Avenue
Elizabethtown, Kentucky. 42701
(205) 823-4752 


Glare-Guard Glare Screen
Automotive Safety Transport, Inc. (ASTI)
1431 Howe Street
Vancouver, BC V6ZR9
604-922-4446


Plasticade Modular Glare Screen (formerly Glare Screen Systems)
Plasticade
7700 N. Austin Avenue
Skokie, IL 60077
800-772-0355

Mailbox Supports

V-LOC Mailbox Support
TAPCO-Traffic & Parking Control Company, Inc.
800 Wall Street
Elm Grove, WI  53122-2629
Sandi Franz-Ricketts
National V-Loc Sales Manager
800-236-0112


NEX Mailbox System
S-Square Tube Products, Inc
2275 W. Midway Blvd.,Unit C 
Broomfield, CO  80020
Susan Keim
Compliance Manager
(Toll Free) (888)-267-5717
(Office) 303-286-7051


Cantilever Swing-Away Mailbox Support Support Model #037
Friend Innovations
216 North 2nd Ave.
Virginia, MN 55792
Thomas A. Friend
218-741-7777

Portable/Temporary Barrier

Refer to Standard Construction Drawings RM-4.1 and RM-4.2 for generic Portable Concrete Barrier.

Any barrier (proprietary or generic) that is not Report 350 compliant was subject to a phase out period and was to be removed from service by January 1, 2008.  ODOT required marking all compliant generic barrier with "350".  This office will not accept NCHRP 350 barriers from other states for use on ODOT projects.  These other products have different shapes (F or NJ), cross section (widths), or connection types.  When intermingled with ODOT's standard barrier, potential snag points are created when an impacting vehicle travels from one segment to a dissimilar adjacent segment.

The anchored minimum offsets for ODOT portable barriers can be found here.  

The following products may be used as an approved alternate to ODOT's Generic Portable Concrete Barrier.

J-J Hooks PCB 

The NJ Shape Portable Concrete Barrier with J-J Hooks is a proprietary approved alternate to ODOT's generic NJ shape PCB.  The J-J Hooks product is a proprietary barrier manufactured to Easi-Set's specifications. J-J Hooks barrier meets NCHRP Report 350 TL-3 criteria if manufactured with a third rebar (sometime after April 1999).   Baxter Precast Products and Norwalk Concrete Industries stamped "350" on all complying J-J Hook barriers as well.  It is not known how J-J Hooks barriers manufactured by out-of-state licensees identified compliant segments. See additional information here..

Zoneguard Steel Traffic Barrier - MASH compliant

Zoneguard barrier is an approved alternate to PCB.  Additional product information is available at Hill and Smith, Inc.

Vulcan Barrier - portable steel longitudinal barrier - NCHRP-350 compliant

Vulcan Barrier is an approved alternate to PCB.  Additional product information is available at Energy Absorption Systems Inc.

  • Approved Shop Drawings
  • Vulcan Barrier Installation Manual (with ODOT markups)
    • ODOT requires the ends of the Vulcan Barrier to be anchored in order to maintain acceptable deflection limits
    • Ends must be shielded or terminated with an approved end treatment
    • ODOT Length of Need requirements are calculated by designers per the Location and Design Manual Vol. 1 Figure 602-1
    • Triton is not an ODOT approved end treatment 

Movable Barrier

Quickchange Barrier, from Barrier Systems, Inc. uses a specially designed vehicle to move barrier runs upwards of 26 feet laterally, opening traffic lanes in a matter of minutes.  It is a good product for reducing delays from lane closures in long duration work zones, and in permanent situations where there are high directional traffic volumes.

This movable barrier uses Barrier System's ABSORB 350 as its crashworthy end treatment.  The ABSORB 350 system is a non-redirective, gating crash cushion that can be used with the Quickchange Barrier.

Temporary Narrow Barrier

A generic tied-down steel barrier developed by the Iowa DOT that may be assembled in the field with 20 ft long stacked steel H-Beams filled with concrete. NCHRP 350 TL-3. Intended for use where cross sectional space is at a minimum.  Deflection is 12 inches. See more information.

High-Tension Cable Median Barriers

Reference Location and Design Volume 1, Plan Note R 127, shop drawings, and the vendors installation requirements.

Maintenance: Contact product vendor for repair information/drawings/manuals of previous versions of these units.​

New Product Evaluation Process

This procedure governs the acceptance and continued use of proprietary roadside safety hardware on ODOT maintained roadways. Roadside safety hardware includes devices such as: roadside barriers, median barriers and barrier end treatments. ODOT reserves the right to select which products it will approve and support.

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) assigns similar products to Categories, in which a contractor is free to choose any product within a particular Category. Current Categories are described in ODOT's Location and Design Manual, Volume 1, Section 603 and can also be found on the Office of Roadway Engineering’s website.

Step 1 - Product Submittal

Prior to submitting any request to ODOT, the vendor must first test any Roadside Safety product by an accepted method. Accepted methods are listed in the table below. As part of Step 1, vendors submit to ODOT a detailed formal Approval Request accompanied by the ODOT New Product Evaluation Form.

ODOT shall determine if a product or system will be approved for use on ODOT maintained roadways based upon the below methodologies as well as potentially other considerations such as ease/clarity of installation, cost, maintenance requirements or in-service performance (in Ohio or other states). Satisfying one of the below methodologies does not guarantee approval for use in Ohio.

Approval Methods
Method 1: Eligibility letter issued by FHWA. (Preferred)
Method 2: ODOT would evaluate the testing results and report issued by a testing house. This may include use of a partial test matrix as deemed appropriate by the Testing Facility
Method 3: This includes NCHRP reports as well as miscellaneous research methodologies such as computer simulation, component testing, crash testing, etc. Approval would be based upon ODOT review and acceptance of the applicable research. 3rd party review could potentially be used by ODOT (ex. ISO 17025 testing facilities, researchers, consultants, etc.).
Method 4: ODOT would review information, analysis, test results, etc. used by the original approving state as a basis for their approval. 3rd party review could potentially be used by ODOT (ex. ISO 17025 testing facilities, researchers, consultants, etc.).
Method 5: Existing NCHRP350 systems would remain eligible for use until such a time that an acceptable equivalent MASH system is available and approved by ODOT for use.
Method 6: Manufacturers/sponsors of changes to existing approved MASH systems would be required to certify the proposed changes do not affect the systems' ability to be MASH compliant. Included with the certification would be supporting information, analysis, etc. for ODOT review. ODOT may accept, reject, utilize a 3rd party review or require the submitter to obtain a letter from an ISO 17025 testing house concurring with their conclusions.

Step 2 - Evaluation & Approval Process

ODOT will determine if the submitted product is appropriate for the state highway system and assign it a category. Additionally:

  1. Products have to be compatible with existing ODOT standard (generic) guardrail/barrier/bridge rails systems.
  2. Products must serve a need for ODOT.
  3. Products and vendors will be evaluated for all aspects of their features: costs, installation, repair proprietary parts, non-standard parts, product in-service performance evaluation and product support by vendor.

A committee, made up of appropriate staff, will evaluate the product. The committee may ask the vendor to make a formal presentation to discuss the product.

Roadside safety products are tested under idealized conditions. Because of that, ODOT will place increasing emphasis on products which have proven field performance. The longer a product has been in use by other state level jurisdictions, the more favorable the committee will look at a product.

The committee will discuss the product, based on vendor's product submittal and presentation (if any). If the committee deems the product as having merit, then approval will be given as either:

  • unconditional.
  • through demonstration.

Products approved to "Unconditional" level will be approved for use. Upon approval vendors can market their devices to contractors. (Contractors are free choose any 3 product in a particular Category as ODOT considers all products within a Category to be "equal".) To the extent possible individual products will not be sole-sourced, but will compete with other products.

If the committee wishes to further evaluate in service performance of the product, the committee may elect to have it installed on "Demonstration" projects:

  1. The vendor will find three sites or projects (not all in just one ODOT District) where the product would be appropriate for use, then work with an installer/contractor to accept the responsibility of using the product in lieu of a currently approved product in its category.
  2. The installer is to formally request permission from the local Project Engineer to make the substitution. The Office of Roadway Engineering will review the project details and work with the Project Engineer on the substitution request. If the Project Engineer or other responsible officials within ODOT do not agree with the substitution, a new project will have to be selected by the vendor. A member of the New Product Evaluation Committee must be present and observe the installation.
  3. The New Product Evaluation Committee will rely on feedback from the District and any site visits. Evaluation is not dependent on the unit being impacted in the field (as the system would have already been determined to be crashworthy), but rather the ability for proper installation and ease/practicality when installed.

Provided all feedback from the demonstration sites is positive, the product will then receive unconditional approval. The demonstration period will not be shorter than 9 months or longer than one calendar year. ODOT may terminate the demonstration period at any time.

Step 3 - Product Training

Once approved, the vendor will be expected to provide appropriate instructional material and training to support the product. Training may be at remote locations and could be given to designers, contractors and maintenance forces. Failure to provide support should result in product being removed from approved list.

Step 4 - Continuous Product Evaluation

Once a product is approved, ODOT will informally monitor the field performance, cost, and benefit of the product. If problems are encountered and are substantiated by FHWA, other states, In Service Performance Evaluation or ODOT evaluation, any product may be unilaterally removed from the approval list. The vendor must rectify the problem before the product will be again considered.

Additional Information

Location and Design Manual (L&D)
Section 600 of L&D Volume 1 - Roadway Design presents information designers or contractors may need to appropriately place a roadside safety device.  Section 600 is titled Roadside Design and topics include Clear Zone, Barrier Warrants, Site Considerations, and Roadside Safety Devices.  Glare Screens, Shoulder Rumble Strips and Fencing round out the chapter.

Plan and Designer Notes
Many products are proprietary and the variations among them are difficult to describe in the L&D manual.  Additional information detailing the products and their differences are found in Plan Notes and Designer Notes.  The notes for Permanent Roadside Safety Devices are found in Appendix B of Volume 1.  For Work Zone Devices, look in Part 6 of the Traffic Engineering Manual.  As each product is different from another similar product by a different vendor, designers are cautioned to use engineering judgment when applying these notes.

Standard Construction Drawings
These drawings cover placement of barrier during construction, and usually deal with generic products.  Some proprietary products are mention by way of the ODOT Types as explained in above list of products.   Most of the GR and RM series concerns roadside safety.

Roadway Plan Insert Sheets
Plan Inserts are similar to Standard Drawings, but are not as widely used as the standards.  Or the may detail former standards that are still in place on the state highway system.  And they usually detail generic products in the same manner as the standard drawings.

Shop Drawings
ODOT chooses to represent proprietary roadside safety devices not as ODOT standard drawings or plan insert sheets, but as pre-approved "shop" drawings.  The manufacturer's drawing is not altered except for clarity.  Each manufacturer has many variations for each of their products, often to comply with the wishes of individual state transportation departments.  A product's approved drawing is for the particular variation ODOT desires to have installed on Ohio's highway system.  Other variations of the product are not allowed.