An investigation conducted by 13News Now reports that Virginia’s Department of Transportation learned of potential safety issues involving a highway guardrail years ago. Only in the last few months, however, has the department done anything about the device.
The 13newsnow.com report shows that VDOT contractors noticed a change in the ET-Plus guardrail end terminal’s design as far back as 2005. Because the device was still listed on the department’s approved product list, the ET-Plus continued to be installed until just this year. It was taken off the list of approved devices this October.
The small change in the device’s design is likely linked to the product’s malfunction, experts have said. The change, consisting of a small two inch reduction in the size of a metal piece of the guardrail head, is said to have saved the manufacturer two dollars per model.
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