ELLIPTISAFE® ELLIPTICAL BRIDGE RAIL
ElliptiSafe® is an elliptical bridge rail being used on bridges and highways across the country. ElliptiSafe® is GSI's elliptical bridge rail manufactured by Tex-Tube Elliptical Tube. We supply fabricators raw tube and splices or can produce the final product per job specifications.
Although bridge rail constitutes only 2 to 5 percent of the total cost of a bridge, it is of incalculable value to the citizens for whom the bridge is built. No matter how magnificent the bridge design, a visually-appealing railing will impact public acceptance. That is why an elliptical bridge rail is the choice of an ever increasing number of bridge engineers across the nation.
With over 80 years of highway use, elliptical bridge railing is still the right choice on today's bridges. Texas, Pennsylvania, Florida, Maryland, and other are currently using elliptical tube in NCHRP MASH Test Level 3 (TL3), Test Level 4(TL4), and Test Level 5 (TL5) bridge rail applications. Although having other advantages, the primary motivation behind this use is that elliptical rail provides an open and aesthetically pleasing bridge rail… it simply looks good!
ADVANTAGES OF ELLIPTICAL TUBE BRIDGE RAIL
Aesthetically pleasing and open feel. Has been used on several signature bridges.
Strength of 6" pipe with the visual impact of 4" pipe
5LX-52 has a higher strength-to-weight ratio than standard pipe thus increased cost savings
Elliptical shape is stronger in the x-direction than comparable 6” round
Mill-rolled to its final shape thus negating the cost of secondary "squashing" operation
Mill-rolled mating splice tube also available
Mill-rolled elliptical rail offers superior consistency and unsurpassed mating splice tube fit
Radii to 16 feet
Cost effective retrofit for older concrete bridge railing
GSI’s Tex-Tube elliptical bridge rail is truly the best source for your state’s elliptical bridge rail needs. Please contact us with any questions or for a quote on your railing or bollard project.
STATE STANDARDS IN USE
1. TxDOT T401 Concrete Parapet w/Stl Post and Rail (33” tall) (TL-3)
2.TxDOT T402 - Concrete Parapet w/Stl Post and Rail (42” tall) (TL-3)
3. TxDOT C402 - T402 w/Steel Pipe Rail (42” tall) (TL-3)
4. TxDOT HT Heavy Truck Traffic Rail (50” tall)
5. PennDOT HT Bridge Barrier (TL-5)
6. FDOT C402 - Special Project, Standard Pending (TL-3)
7. FDOT HT Retrofit - Special Project Pending (TL-4)
8. Maryland HT Rail (TL-5)
TL3 Elliptical Bridge Rail Projects
TL5 Elliptical Bridge Rail Projects
Map of Rail Installations
This is a custom Google Map made of installation of bridge rail fabricated around the U.S.
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