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FHWA Review of ET-Plus

2005 Crashworthiness Tests: ET-Plus Guardrail End Terminal System

As FHWA reviews previous crash tests of the ET-Plus guardrail end terminal and obtains new test data, we are committed to ensuring that the public has access to the same information we have. In that spirit, FHWA is releasing the entire set of 2005 crashworthiness test files submitted by Trinity Industries, Inc. to FHWA for the ET-Plus Guardrail End Terminal system.


The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASTHO), through its committee structure in which FHWA participates, establishes the test crash criteria for roadside safety equipment like the ET-Plus. For a State to receive Federal funds for guardrail end terminals, the end terminal must be crash-worthy, meaning that it meets the testing criteria in effect at the time the device was developed.

The 2005 Crash Tests and Submission to FHWA

In 2005, the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) performed these crash tests for the ET-Plus device, and the manufacturer Trinity asked FHWA to review this data. TTI tested the ET-Plus to the test criteria in the National Cooperative Highway Research Program Report 350 (NCHRP 350), which were established and adopted by the AASHTO. Under the NCHRP 350 standards, a small car and a pickup truck are crashed into a guardrail end terminal head-on and at a 15-degree angle.

The files we reviewed are below. These files show tests conducted at a guardrail height of 31 inches. (FHWA had previously determined that the ET-Plus end terminal system met the NCHRP 350 criteria at a guardrail height of 27 3/4 inches.) Based on our review of these 2005 test files, FHWA issued Trinity an eligibility letter for the 31-inch height ET-Plus. FHWA reviewed the Trinity materials below again in 2012, along with other reports, to affirm eligibility for Federal-aid reimbursement.

Description of Files

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Page posted on December 16, 2014
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