New York does not prohibit the use of salvaged rail. It is used only for temporary applications at the discretion of field staff.
NYDOT does not have the procedure to verify and certify that the salvaged and/or re-galvanized guardrail meets state specifications. Project staff should be able to tell by visual inspection, weight, and striking it with a hammer to check for rust. Detailed QC procedures would probably not be worth the effort.
How is salvaged and/or re-galvanized guardrail bid in a project? – It is not bid in a project. If salvaged rail is used it is probably as a substitute for new rail in a temporary installation.
How long has the state agency allowed the use of salvaged and/or re-galvanized guardrail? – Unknown. They have no documented process for this.
State/Agency: New York