Federal Highway Administration News

Federal Flood Repair Projects in West Virginia Behind Schedule

Hundreds of federally funded flood disaster assistance projects in West Virginia are behind schedule. The Intelligencer reports it’s been more than a year since the flood damage was declared a disaster, yet about 43 percent of the road repair projects …

Guardrail Manufacturer Sued Over South Carolina, Tennessee Accidents

A guardrail manufacturer created a product whose design flaws led to one woman’s death and another’s permanent disfigurement, according to two lawsuits filed Jan. 31. The lawsuits filed in South Carolina and Tennessee accuse the Omaha, Nebraska-based Lindsay Corporation of …

Tennessee to Replace Guardrails Involved in Fatal Crashes

Tennessee is preparing to replace numerous guardrail parts after the state determined that a certain model of end piece didn’t work as intended in at least two fatal crashes. The Knoxville News Sentinel reported that Tennessee plans to remove and …

Vermont to Study Environmental Risks of Proposed Rail Tunnel

Vermont transportation officials have decided to pursue a more detailed environmental study of a proposed $40 million rail tunnel project in Middlebury, which could delay construction by at least a year. The project calls for replacing two aging bridges in …

Deadly Oklahoma Rail Crossing Flagged for Improvements in 2011

Records indicate that the railroad crossing where a woman and her three sons died Sunday in eastern Oklahoma had been flagged for safety improvements since at least 2011. Thirty-seven-year-old April Goines and her sons were killed when the car they …

Trinity Says Virginia Orders More Tests for Highway Guardrails

Trinity Industries Inc.’s guardrail system will undergo additional crash testing by Virginia, raising new questions about a device on roadways across the country. Some of Virginia’s six proposed tests on the ET-Plus, scheduled to begin in mid-September, will be different …

Judge Fines Texas Guardrail Maker $663M over Design Changes

A federal judge ordered a Texas company to pay $663 million in damages for failing to tell the government about design changes to highway guardrails that critics say made the systems more dangerous. Trinity Industries Inc. said it would appeal. …

Public Corruption Probe Targets Trinity Guardrails, Federal Highway Agency: Sources

The U.S. Justice Department is conducting a criminal investigation into the use of a highway guardrail system linked to at least eight deaths, according to people familiar with the matter, signaling a new wave of potential woes for manufacturer Trinity …

Feds: Texas Company’s Guardrails Meet Safety Standards in 8 Crash Tests

Federal officials said that a guardrail system found on many U.S. highways met safety standards in crash tests that followed accusations they have speared cars. Forty states have stopped installing the guardrails, and Trinity Industries Inc. stopped shipping them after …

Trinity Guardrails Pass First of 8 Mandated Crash Tests

Trinity Industries Inc.’s guardrail system, which has come under scrutiny for locking when hit and piercing cars instead of helping them slow, passed the first four of eight government-mandated crash tests, a federal highway agency said. The Federal Highway Administration …