How to Choose the Right Concrete Road Barriers for Your Project
Concrete road barriers play an important role on the job site. From protecting your site workers and contractors to directing traffic and complying with workplace regulations, road barriers can help to ensure safety on site.
Here’s how to choose the right concrete barrier for your next project.
Benefits of concrete barriers
Concrete road barriers, also known as jersey barriers, are a key piece of road safety and traffic management equipment. These types of barriers act as a physical barrier to prevent or restrict access to a construction site. They’re also often used on highways, expressways and other roadways to improve overall road safety and maximise traffic flow.
Concrete barriers offer a several important benefits, including:
- Reducing the risk of collisions,
- Ensuring pedestrian safety,
- Protecting construction workers and equipment from traffic, and
- Improving traffic flow around the work site.
Types of concrete road barriers
Compared to alternative barriers, concrete barriers are incredibly durable. Crafted from solid concrete and often reinforced with internal steel structures, these types of barriers are an ideal choice for numerous heavy duty applications.
Concrete barriers are able to dissipate kinetic energy upon impact, so they’re usually recommended for use in areas where there’s an increased risk of higher speed vehicle impacts. At Orange Hire, we have two types of high-quality concrete road barriers to choose from.
Deltabloc Concrete Barrier
The Deltabloc precast concrete road barriers are available in lengths of 2 meters, 4 meters and 6 meters, making it an ideal choice for addressing your traffic delineation requirements. These temporary barriers have undergone MASH testing to meet TL-3 standards and are fully compliant with Austroads regulations.
The DB80 concrete barriers feature a unique coupling design, enabling quick and smooth assembly and disassembly. They hold official approval from NSW RMS for use at speeds up to 100 kilometers per hour, from VicRoads for speeds up to 100 km/hr and from QLD TMR for speeds up to 80 km/hr.
Deltabloc Concrete Barriers are compatible with additional anti-gawk screens to enhance privacy and reduce the visibility of the site from passing vehicles and members of the public.
The screens can also be used to promote your business, brand or project, with the use of printed banner mesh or shade cloth which is easily attached to the mesh panels.
Tips for choosing the best concrete barriers
When it comes to choosing the best barrier for the job, it’s important to consider a few key factors.
Take the time to think about your project and the specific needs that come with it. From location and purpose to project duration, understanding your needs and requirements will help you to select the right barriers for your project.
It’s also important to consider the traffic environment surrounding your project site. Concrete road barriers are a great choice if your site is positioned close to a road where cars are travelling at speed., Deltabloc barriers are fully approved by NSW RMS to 100km per hour, VicRoads to 100km/hr, and QLD TMR to 80km/hr.
Local regulations, requirements and laws
Ensure that the concrete barriers you choose meet the local workplace health and safety regulations and road authority regulations. In Australia, road safety barriers, including concrete barriers, are tested against MASH (Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware) standards.
Barriers approved by MASH offer a reliable assurance of predictable performance upon impact, effectively preventing vehicles from veering off the road. Instead of vehicles dangerously leaving the roadway and potentially entering work zones, they are redirected in alignment with the traffic flow. This redirection contributes to a safer environment for both motorists and contractors working within the road corridor.
At Orange Hire, we have a huge range of barriers of all shapes and sizes to suit your next project. For expert advice or help finding the right concrete barrier for your next project, get in touch with our experienced team.