A Dodge Ram truck crashed into a guardrail, just as Caltrans engineers planned. At a cost of $250,000, the crash at this West Sacramento test track would be an expensive ride. But it’s a necessary one for safety.
Caltrans engineers have been taking a good, hard look at existing bridge rails, realizing they need to upgrade to save lives and protect their work crews.
They found that out the hard way when an out of control driver bounced off a median rail, came across three lanes of traffic, and slammed into Caltrans worker Mark Balsi. He lost a leg in the accident, but he helped Caltrans gain a new footing with an innovation called the Balsi Beam.
On February 28, 2013, the Institute for Transportation Studies at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs, the Luskin Center for Innovation, and the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies jointly held the Complete Streets Conference. It’s mission “is to conduct research, educate students, and engage the public on many critical, and often competing, roles streets play in creating a more vibrant, productive, and sustainable California.”