Traffic Barricades to Protect Drivers, Pedestrians, and Construction Crews
Our road barricades are designed to protect drivers, pedestrians, and road construction crews by creating channels of clear delineation. The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) states that uniformity promotes respect and our Longitudinal Channelizing Devices (LCD’s) do just that!
Types of Roadway Construction Barricades
There are two standard barricade shapes that are typically required for road work – the “Jersey shape” and the “F-shape.” Both are designed to encourage vehicles to roll up the side of the barricade instead of forcing them to a hard stop. Concrete jersey barricades were the first to be developed and are the most commonly seen. Water-filled plastic barricades came into popularity in the 1990’s and continue to be desirable because of their ability to reduce impact and move laterally.
OTW Safety makes four different traffic safety barricades for use on the road, each with unique benefits for different applications. Both the 42-inch Jersey Shape LCD and the 42-inch Wedge Shape LCD barricades are federally accepted as Longitudinal Channeling Devices (LCD’s) and suitable for high speed work zones. Depending on how much protection is needed, our construction barricades can either form an interlocking wall or be spaced individually to supplement cones and drums. Our TL-0 rated barricades include the 42-inch Jersey Shape barricade and 32-inch Jersey Shape barricade. They are not rated for high-speed traffic zones but have been used in a variety of roadway construction applications including low speed roadways, construction sites, parking lots, parking structures, dead-ends, apartment complexes and mall construction zones.
All of our traffic control barricades can be ballasted with water and accessorized with safety lights and reflective sheeting.
All three of our Jersey shape barricades can accommodate steel fence panels that add five feet of height above the barricades and create a significant barrier to entry. The vertical posts of the fence panel which drop into the barricades are adjustable so a secure fit is assured in all of the models. Optional fence clamps connect the sides of the panels to each other, adding additional stability and security to the fence wall. Mesh privacy screening can also be added to improve appearance, mitigate debris escaping or brand the site with company logos.
Plastic Traffic Barricades are Sometimes the Safer Choice
Our traffic barricades are a safer alternative to concrete in many situations. Only two work zone conditions require the use of concrete barriers. The first is when it is less dangerous for vehicle occupants to impact the concrete barrier than to collide with a hazard behind the barrier, and the second is to prevent an errant vehicle from penetrating a zone where workers are at risk.
Our safety orange plastic barricades provide more visibility to drivers and absorb more impact in a crash. They can also be more efficient to deploy since most models can be set up by one person and then ballasted with water.
Widely-spaced folding barricades, drums, and cones can be confusing, and this variation can increase reaction time, leading cars or pedestrians to enter hazardous areas. Our traffic control barriers offer clear and positive guidance, essential in many work zones. The MUTCD also says that a uniform treatment creates a uniform response. A continuous wall is a bigger deterrent and the height and bright visibility is easier to recognize at night or in bad weather.