SMC Receives $1.6 Million J-J Hooks Barrier Contract for I-64 in VA

October 19, 2023 | Concrete Safety Systems News, J-J Hooks

MIDLAND, VA – October 19, 2023 – Smith-Midland (NASDAQ: SMID), a provider of innovative, high-quality proprietary and patented precast concrete products and systems received a contract through the Virginia DOT for $1.6 million of J-J Hooks precast concrete barrier as part of the I-64 Hampton Roads Express Lanes project, in Norfolk, Virginia. The barriers will be provided by the company’s highway barrier rental division, Concrete Safety Systems (CSS).

Delivery and installation of the J-J Hooks precast concrete freestanding and bolt-down barrier and attenuators, by CSS, will begin in November 2023, providing direction for motorists and safety for workers during the construction of the new express lanes leading to and from the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel. The project is expected to run through the second half of 2026.

“The Hampton Roads area of Virginia is going through a major transition with Smith-Midland and CSS continuing to be an integral contributor through our products and services. This latest installment of barrier for the I-64 Express Lanes solidifies that we produce, deliver, and install, a superior product that results in recurring orders,” said Matthew Smith, President of Concrete Safety Systems. “The significant investment in our barrier rental fleet provides us additional opportunity to service multiple projects of this size simultaneously and we expect to continue to secure projects of this scale in the future.”

J-J Hooks, MASH TL-3 tested, freestanding and bolt-down barrier, are designed by Easi-Set Industries, a division of Smith-Midland Corporation, and approved through VDOT, among multiple other state DOTs.

Specified and approved across North America, the patented J-J Hooks Precast Concrete Safety Barrier system is both the most economical and easiest to install, with fast connections, no loose hardware, and rapid reconfiguration. More than 16 million linear feet have been installed worldwide. 

About Smith-Midland Corporation

Smith-Midland develops, manufactures, licenses, rents, and sells a broad array of precast concrete products and systems for use primarily in the construction, transportation, and utility industries.

Smith-Midland Corporation has three manufacturing facilities located in Midland, VA, Reidsville, NC, and Columbia, SC, and a J-J Hooks® Safety Barrier rental firm, Concrete Safety Systems. Easi-Set Worldwide, a wholly owned subsidiary of Smith-Midland Corporation, licenses the production and sale of Easi-Set products, including J-J Hooks and SlenderWall®, and provides diversification opportunities to the precast industry worldwide. For more information, please call (540) 439-3266 or visit

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