The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) definition of “Breakaway” refers to crash-tested devices that break or yield upon impact. FHWA guidelines require the specification of Breakaway poles and bases meeting rigorous impact testing to mitigate the potential severity of crashes, providing a safer outcome in the event of a collision.
HAPCO Leads the Industry in Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Accepted Breakaway Options.
The FHWA accepts certain poles and bases for use on breakaway applications under provisions adopted from the American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials’ (AASHTO) Standard Specifications for Structural Supports for Highway Signs, Luminaires and Traffic Signals. Testing parameters used in determining acceptable breakaway performance are found in the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 350, Recommended Procedures for the Safety Performance Evaluation of Highway Features.