Earlier this week, SafeDrives wrote about the annual spring maintenance of the DVP. Part of the repairs included repairing 850 metres worth of guiderail.
SafeDrives reached out to the City of Toronto to find out what kind of repairs were being done and, if guiderails would be replaced, what would they be replaced with.
This is what city staff said in a statement:
“During the annual spring maintenance closure the City will conduct many maintenance activities including guide rail repairs. We will focus our guide rail repair efforts on sections that were damaged by vehicles due to accidents and some sections that are rusted and not in a state-of-good-repair.”
“The work will include the removal of the old/damaged guiderail and replacement with new guiderails as per OPSD standards.”
While a big vague, this statement shows the City of Toronto will be taking advantage of this spring maintenance to do some real work on safety hardware. They specifically said that guiderails that are rusted and not in a state of good repair will be the subject of their focus. A lot of the time, safety hardware such as guiderails are only ever fixed when they have been irreplaceably broken during a car crash. SafeDrives would like to comment Toronto staff for being proactive about replacing faulty safety hardware.
At the same time, the reference to OPSD standards does not surprise us here at SafeDrives. Most municipalities provide this answer in regards to safety mechanisms because they don’t know the specifications of the hardware being installed on their roads. This is a shame, but nothing new. Luckily, the OPSD has updated their guidelines to ensure only MASH-approved mechanisms are installed. The guidelines can be found here!
In conclusion, SafeDrives is satisfied with Toronto’s answer, but wonders if anyone on staff actually knows what MASH means and which products the OPSD updated.