Virginia installs runaway vehicle ramp that uses nets to stop trucks

New truck arrestor ramp in Virginia
Curtis Contracting

A new truck arrestor ramp opened recently on U.S. 250 (Rockfish Gap Turnpike).

The first of its kind in Virginia, this $5.5 million safety feature is designed to put the brakes on runaway big rigs and passenger vehicles descending Afton Mountain.

The arrestor ramp system consists of 10 stainless-steel nets arranged to safely stop vehicles as large as an 18-wheeler weighing up to 80,000 pounds traveling up to 80 miles an hour. The first net is designed to stop a passenger vehicle.

The remaining nine nets will slow a big rig at a deceleration rate that will avoid injury to the driver. As a fail-safe, a heavy-duty safety net is located at the end of the ramp designed to stop vehicles larger than an 80,000-pound tractor trailer.

“Runaway Truck Ramp” and “Runaway Vehicle Only” signs were installed to alert drivers of the ramp as they descend Afton Mountain.

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