Patent Number: 6,168,346

Title: Spacer for supporting a guard rail on a post

Abstract: A spacer for supporting a horizontally extending guard rail on a vertically extending post in a roadway safety barrier system includes a first portion that is secured to the guard rail and a second portion that is secured to the post. The first and second portions are shaped to correspond with the shapes of the guard rail and the post secured thereto. For example, if the guard rail is formed having an undulating cross sectional shape, the first portion of the space is formed having a corresponding undulating cross sectional shape. One or more bores are formed through the spacer between said first and second faces for receiving a bolt for securing the guard rail and the post to the spacer. The spacer is formed from a thermoplastic material that is recyclable, will not absorb water, stable under the ultraviolet and other radiation generated by the sun, will not splinter, crack, or delaminate in use, and is more cost effective than conventional wooden spacers.

Inventors: Ernsberger; Ronald E. (Napolean, OH)


International Classification: E01F 15/02 (20060101); E01F 15/04 (20060101); E01F 013/00 (); E01F 015/00 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018