Barrier blocks, also known as “traffic barriers” or “roadside barriers,” are designed to protect vehicles from roadside obstacles and hazards, including steep slopes, bodies of water, and fixed objects like piers. Barrier blocks can also be used with medians to prevent errant vehicles from colliding with hazards within the median. When placed in an adjacent line, they help create a barricade that can be affixed with flashing lights to direct traffic flow or other traffic safety functions.
There are many different varieties of barrier blocks. These include:
- Concrete barrier blocks
- Jersey barriers
- Traditional plastic/pedestrian barriers
- Bunker blocks
- Landscape bin blocks
Barrier blocks have proven to be a highly effective tool in preventing traffic-related accidents and fatalities. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, between 30 and 40 percent of fatal car crashes happen as a result of vehicles running off the road – and a whopping 30 percent of all cross-median crashes end in severe injury or fatality. These statistics have led many to install crash barrier protection systems to prevent vehicles from running off the road or crashing into oncoming traffic. As a result, barrier blocks and guardrails are saving countless lives every year and making roadways safer for everyone: Studies from the Federal Highway Administration found that barriers can prevent 90 percent of fatalities that occur when motorists would have otherwise smashed into oncoming lanes.
Carolina Traffic Devices is a trusted provider of barrier blocks for a versatile range of road applications. With more than 15 years of experience distributing, installing, and offering expert help with traffic control devices, we are the premier choice for Departments of Transportation (DOTs) and contractors on a mission to protect motorists and pedestrians. Let’s take a look at some of our barrier block offerings.
Concrete Barrier Blocks:
Portable concrete barrier (PCB), also known as Jersey Barrier, K-Rail, and concrete barricade, offers powerful protection to separate work crews and motorists safely. It can also help you keep more travel lanes open during peak traffic times, and enlarge your work area during off-peak periods.
Water Filled Barrier (WFB):
Water-filled barriers provide an alternative to concrete barrier wall that also offers protection to safely separate work crews, pedestrians, and motorists. This type of barrier is best suited to urban areas or low-speed work zones. They are lightweight, highly visible, and easy to transport, with no equipment needed to set them in place, either individually or by locking them together with a metal pin. Water filled barriers can also be used for channelizing vehicles and pedestrians at special events. And, it may come as a surprise that they can be used with or without water.
However, please note that filling plastic barriers with sand or other non-water substances will not be in compliance with most known regulations, such as those issued by departments of transportation. Use caution when weighing whether to use water or sand, based on your project needs and applicable regulations.
To get your barrier blocks, contact our team. Our products are available for rent or purchase from Virginia to southern Georgia, with easy drop-off available. We also offer both DOT-approved and non-DOT-approved options to suit your needs for affordability and safety.