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Types of Traffic Barriers

Generally barriers fall into one or more of the following classifications:

Temporary Barriers (Portable):

  • Greatly improved safety of workers in construction work zones
  • Concrete barriers are the preferred temporary rental barrier
    • Provide a high level of containment
    • Relatively inexpensive over other barriers
    • Can be free-standing, bolted or pinned
  • Other systems include steel shaped & water filled barriers.
    • Sometimes used on short term projects for speed & ease
      (The J-J Hooks connection has greatly improved the time and effort of installation over other concrete barrier connection systems.)
    • Don't provide the level of protection as concrete barriers
    • Cost more for long term projects as concrete barriers

Impact Deflection Barriers

  • Deflects a vehicle & keeps it moving in its original line of travel
  • Guard Rail is a good example of this type
  • Can cause the operator to further lose control of his vehicle upon impact
  • Vehicle may penetrate or cross over the barrier

Impact Absorbent Barriers

  • Simple types range from post/cable, concrete barriers, to live plants

Impact Resistant Barriers

  • Can greatly reduce or stop the forces of car or truck impact
  • Typically used to protect a fixed structure from vehicular damage
  • A common form of this barrier type are bollards.

Composite Barriers

  • Delivers the benefits of: Impact Deflection, Impact Absorption, & Impact Resistance
  • Concrete barrier profiles are the most popular
  • Can be used as temporary of permanent barriers.

Concrete Barrier Walls are more cost effective than alternative types of barrier. Other barrier types must be replaced whenever an impact occurs (even low-energy impacts), because they may not perform properly in subsequent impacts. Considerable time and cost must be spent maintaining other barrier types, endangering motorists and workers during each repair.

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Concrete Safety Barrier at Virginia Construction Zone
Temporary Concrete Barriers at Construction Site
Temporary Bolt-down Barrier being installed on Bridge
Temporary Bolt-down Barrier being installed on Bridge
Impact Deflection Barrier on Roadway
Impact Deflection Barrier, Guardrail
Portable Highway Safety Barriers
Temporary Water Filled Barriers
Composite Rental Barriers on Roadway
Composite Type Roadway Barriers