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Robert Lawson

Applications of Concrete Barriers to Consider

Robert Lawson

Concrete barrier, more commonly known as Jersey barrier, was first introduced in the year 1959 in the state of New Jersey. It was developed in the same decade in Stevens Institute of Technology for the primary purpose of dividing the highway into multiple lanes. Since then, the use of these concrete slabs spread throughout the country where it earned the colloquial term K-rails and in the UK it's known as concrete step barriers.

Throughout the years, these concrete jersey barriers underwent evolution not only on its design but as well as its applications. Here are a few of the top uses of concrete barriers to date:

1. Traffic Management

The purpose of its invention is still the most popular application of highway concrete barriers. They are strategically situated on busy roads to create a visible division among its lanes. K-rail also reduces the risk of head-on collisions among vehicles since they are sturdy enough to be displaced by an out of control automobile. Today, these pre-casted roadblocks are also used to protect workers in a nearby construction site by creating a high level of containment that restrains the vehicles from entering the area. Aside from dividing lanes, concrete barriers are also used to divert traffic during various phases of road construction.

2. Deterrent to Security Threats

In cases of security threats, concrete barriers are used to cordon the area at risk as a temporary physical security barrier. Since K-rail barriers can be installed and re-positioned, less time is needed to secure the area. With its anchored base and immense strength, concrete barriers are used to secure offices, buildings, airports, and other public installations from possible terrorist activities.

Despite having new materials used as barriers, concrete seems to tick all the boxes when it comes to managing traffic and securing an area at risk making it the most preferred form of barrier suited for multiple applications.

The Author is an experienced dealer specializes in offering plastic barriers for construction and disaster control. In this article, he shares his view on concrete barriers and its advantages. For more details, click here

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