Traffic Control Barricades to Protect Drivers, Pedestrians, and Construction Crews
Our traffic barricades are designed to protect drivers, pedestrians, and road construction crews by creating channels of clear delineation. According to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), uniformity promotes respect and our Longitudinal Channelizing Devices (LCD) do just that! We have two different traffic barricades for use on the road. Each has unique benefits for different applications.
Depending on how much protection is needed, our traffic barricades can either form an interlocking wall or be spaced individually to supplement cones and drums. All of our traffic control barricades can be ballasted with water and accessorized with safety lights and reflective sheeting. Our jersey shaped traffic barricade can also be outfitted with steel fence panels, creating an even taller barrier to entry.
Plastic Traffic Barricades
OTW plastic traffic barricades are made from high-quality HDPE, a sustainable type of plastic. Plastic traffic barricades offer a variety of benefits that metal and concrete barricades do not. Safety, delineation, and easy setup are all benefits of plastic traffic barricades. To learn more about the benefits, read on.
Our traffic barricades are a safe alternative to concrete in many situations but not all. There are two work zone conditions that 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 when a concrete barrier would prevent an errant vehicle from penetrating a zone where workers are at risk. These are important designations. A line of LCDs is designed to serve as a visual channelizing device that will slow a vehicle in a crash but not stop it. LCDs are safer for vehicle occupants in a crash but they do not serve as a “positive traffic barrier” as the wall is designed to break, providing deflection instead of an abrupt stop. If there are workers right behind a wall in a high speed zone, concrete is required.
Our brightly colored plastic traffic barricades provide more visibility to drivers and pedestrians. Widely-spaced folding barricades, drums, and cones can be confusing, and this variation can increase reaction time, leading cars or pedestrians to mistakenly enter hazardous areas. Our traffic control barriers offer clear, consistent guidance, essential in many work zones. The MUTCD states that a uniform treatment creates a uniform response. A continuous wall is a bigger deterrent and the height and visibility of plastic traffic barricades are easier to recognize at night or in bad weather.
Setting Up Your Traffic Barricade
Plastic traffic barricades are easy to deploy since most models can be set up by one person and then ballasted with water. However, this does NOT mean that the barricades are flimsy or easy to tip over. The maximum water ballast is 150 gallons, which results in each barricade weighing over 1,300 pounds. However, when deployed as an LCD on the National Highway System, the device is intended for use with no more than 10.8 gallons (41 liters) of water resulting in a total weight of 170 pounds.
Why Choose OTW?
OTW has decades of experience designing and manufacturing plastic traffic barricades. Our traffic barricades are federally rated and accepted as high-speed work zone delineation devices.
Our goal is to improve public safety through innovation, and our traffic control barricades have been doing just that for years! No matter what industry you’re in, we have a barricade to suit your needs. Give us a call to see which traffic barricade system is right for your project!