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Tuesday, November 19 • 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Applied Knowledge: MASH Implementation-Myths and Realities

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The Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH) establishes the testing requirements for roadside/median and work zone safety hardware and devices.  MASH is an AASHTO document and as such is being managed by AASHTO. 
For years, FHWA has written Federal Aid Eligibility Letters for roadside safety hardware.  FHWA has clearly stated that, “Our letters are provided as a service to the States and are not a requirement for roadside safety hardware to be eligible for Federal-aid reimbursement.”  However, almost every US State DOTs and many international road ministries rely on these letters to add products to their Qualified Products List (QPL).  FHWA has announced that they will no longer issue Federal Aid Eligibility Letters for roadside safety hardware after December 31, 2019.  The question now is “so what happens next?”
This extremely important session will provide an update regarding the on-going discussions and negotiations between AASHTO, FHWA, Testing Houses and Private Industry on the implementation of the MASH testing requirements.  The marketplace is filled with rumors and innuendos regarding MASH implementation, and this session is designed to clear up the confusion and to provide clear, positive direction regarding the implementation of MASH for the United States as well as other countries that use MASH as their roadside safety testing criteria.
Presentations will be made by representatives from FHWA (invited), AASHTO (invited), a Testing House and Private Industry, and these will be followed by a panel discussion. Input will be encouraged from the audience to ask any of the questions that remain regarding the implementation of MASH.

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Ron Faller

Director, Midwest Roadside Safety Facility
Dr. Ronald Faller serves as Director and Research Professor for the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has served as Principal and Co-Principal Investigator on numerous studies involving the development of roadside safety features to meet impact... Read More →
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Jeff Shewmaker

Business Development director Roadside Safety Products, Hill and Smith, Inc
Jeff Shewmaker has spent the last two decades working in the roadside safety industry in testing and manufacturing. With a degree in electronics and background in the challenging sub-surface data collection in high pressure natural gas wells, Shewmaker made the transition into full... Read More →
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Michael S. Stenko

President and COO, Transpo Industries
Michael S. Stenko has over 35 years of experience in the transportation industry. As the CEO of Transpo Industries, he exemplifies the expertise that has made Transpo a leading supplier of safety and rehabilitation products and materials that help ensure safer and more forgiving transportation... Read More →
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John Durkos

Road Systems, Inc.
John Durkos has 38 years’ experience in providing technical support and product promotion in the highway and roadside safety industry, specifically with barriers, end terminals, and crash cushions. For the past 22 years, Mr. Durkos has been Vice President, Technical Support for... Read More →

Tuesday November 19, 2019 2:00pm - 5:00pm AKST
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