The University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Roadside Safety Standards

When - Where

October 11, 2017

(8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time)
NTRC (2nd floor meeting room)
2360 Cherahala Blvd.
Knoxville, TN  37932
Tel: 865-946-1500 for directions

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This workshop will introduce participants to the key principles of AASHTO's Roadside Design Guide and related publications. A discussion of roadside elements such as the clear zone concept, guardrail terminals, crash cushions, and work zone devices will also be included. The course will also highlight changes found in the revised 2011 edition of the guide, including its relationship to AASHTO's Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH). Upon completion of the course, attendees will have a better understanding of the application of safe roadside design practices, of Roadside Design Guide, and proper design and installation of various highway safety devices.


Local and state government employees, consulting engineers, and others who are responsible for:


Matthew A. Cate, P.E.
Mr. Cate is the Director of TTAP and a research staff member at the University of Tennessee's Center for Transportation Research. He holds both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee. Mr. Cate has over twenty years of research and practical experience in the areas of highway safety and traffic operations.


6 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) can be granted for this course.


The Tennessee Academy for Transportation Engineering (TATE) is an educational Program providing continuing education for engineers, planners, designers and technicians. The program focuses on the basic design of transportation facilities, the evaluation of traffic operations, and the collection of data to support various transportation studies. Successful completion of the required curricula of core and elective courses, confers TATE certification. For more information, contact Frank Brewer at 865-974-5255.


8:00 am Registration
8:30 am Intro to Roadside Safety The Clear Zone Concept
9:30 am Break
9:40 am Sign, Signal, and Light Supports, Utility Poles, and Trees Roadside Barriers
10:40 am Break
10:50 am Median Barriers Bridge Railings and Transitions
12:00 pm Lunch (On Your Own)
1:00 pm End Treatments
2:00 pm Break
2:10 pm Work Zone Issues Barrier Design Exercise
3:20 pm Break
3:30 pm Other Issues: Urban Environments, Mailboxes and Low-Volume Roads
4:00 pm Wrap Up
4:15 pm Adjourn
4:20 pm *Written (TATE) Exam

*For participants who want to receive credit for the course toward the Tennessee Academy Transportation Engineering certificate.


The registration fee is $120 per person. A city or county employee is eligible for a TTAP scholarship registration fee of $45. TDOT employees must register through their local TDOT Training Office. The workshop fee includes ONLY materials and coffee breaks. NO LUNCH PROVIDED A course may be canceled if there is low enrollment. Forty-eight hours notice will be given to registrants if a course is canceled. Register early! Limited enrollment!


Due to commitments to our instructors and facilities, the registration fee is not refundable if a registrant withdraws less than forty-eight hours before the workshop. You may substitute registrants; please notify us in advance if possible. Please register early as attendance to our workshops has increased. We may not accommodate walk-ins on the day of the workshop.

Register ONLINE here.


Register by fax or mail. Click here to download the brochure.

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