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IRF R2T Sponsor Profile

Transpo Industries Inc.

Transpo is featuring Transpo’s Breakaway Post Support Systems, Break-Safe® and Pole-Safe®, feature couplings designed to be used on roadway components such as signs and light poles located within roadside clear zones and other locations vulnerable to impacts. Our team of experts and engineering tools bring clients a level of technical support that is unparalleled in the industry.

Transpo’s Breakaways products have helped save thousands of lives since Transpo’s founding in 1968. Breakaway couplings used as the pole or post support holds poles up to 16m/450kg, and can withstand 210 km/hr winds, and they break away consistently in standard crash testing for breakaway systems. Our Break-Safe® Sign Post Selection Program, based on current AASHTO standards, help agencies specify these life-saving products when designing safer roads.

The program is designed to select the appropriate breakaway sign supports for a wide variety of sign configurations. Using site-specific input parameters and current AASHTO standards, the software provides structural analysis results, recommenced post sizes, and corresponding Break’s model.

Features and Advantages:
• superior breakaway performance
• offers exceptional resistance to forces created by wind and dead loads
• designed for use with maximum allowable pole mass specified by AASHTO
• can be used on a large range of light pole sizes and configurations
• no special tools or equipment needed for installation
• couplings and hardware are hot-dip galvanized in accordance with ASTM A153 to provide corrosion-protection
• no torque requirement and maintenance free

Tested and Proven
In use in the United States since the 1970’s

Extensive finite element analysis and simulated wind-load testing has been used to optimize the system. Independent fatigue testing has demonstrated that Pole-Safe® couplings are capable of withstanding more than two million loading cycles with no reduction in structural capacity.

Pole-Safe® vehicle crash tests were conducted in accordance with NCHRP Report 350 using a 55 foot high, 930 pound pole.

Low initial cost along with high structural capacity and zero maintenance makes the Pole-Safe® Omni-Directional Breakaway Support System the most cost-effective solution for all breakaway applications.

As per FAA Circular Advisory on Frangible Connections (AC150/ 5220-23) and ICAO Design Manual Part 6 on Frangibility, objects such as navigational or visual aids placed within designated safety area are required to be of minimal mass and height, mounted as low as possible to the ground, and to be mounted on frangible support structures. The FAA Circular Advisory has Pole-Safe for airfields listed as the only approved fuse bolt by the FAA.

The high-strength coupling and L-bracket design provides increasing structural capacity as the size of the post increases. This unique feature offers unmatched load-carrying capacity, and accommodates both single and multiple post configurations.

Break-Safe® offers the lowest stub height after impact (less than one inch) of any current sign breakaways. This is essential for maximum safety and allows for variations in foundation height.

Features and Advantages:
• supports a wide range of post sizes
• high-strength coupling and L-bracket design
• Lowest stub height after impact
• rapid re-installation
• no special tools or equipment required
• high structural load-carrying capacity
• superior safety performance

Accident research and field experience have shown that vehicles often leave the roadway impacting structures at high angles of incident. Break-Safe® has been crash-tested, resulting in a FHWA acceptance letter. New national signing standards specify increased sign sizes for visibility, in addition to increased wind load levels. These changes create a significant increase in structural demands on sign supports.

Transpo is also recognized for…
Transpo manufactures and supplies products for airports, bridges, roadways and tunnels. Founded in 1968, Transpo’s safety products have saved thousands of lives over our 50 years of service to the industry. Our decades of experience producing high strength polymer concrete materials and precast products has made Transpo a recognized leader in the transportation industry. In addition, agencies all over the country are increasingly using our MMA pavement marking material as an integral part of complete streets implementation as well as highway shield designs.

At IRF Global, please contact Michael Stenko, Tranpso’s CEO and part of the team. Mr. Stenko has over 40 years experience working in the United States transportation infrastructure industry. Road safety has been at the core of Mr. Stenko’s work in the industry and for Transpo.

He has been part of new ideas in safety from the start including the design of the company’s Omni-Directional Breakaway Support systems for highway signs and luminaries, the application of Transpo’s Pavement markings to make vulnerable road users bicyclists and pedestrians safer as well as increasing transit use with color pavement for rapid bus lanes.

As a prominent member of the industry, Mike Stenko serves on numerous committees; his memberships and chairmanships include:
• Chairman, ATSSA Color Pavement Demarcation Task Force
• Vice Chairman, ATSSA HFS Council
• Chairman, ARTBA Bridge Preservation Action Team
• Former Chair, AASHTO/AGC/ARTBA Taskforce 13 Subcommittee on highway signs and luminaries.

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