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How to Choose the Right Barricade

Barricades, also known are portable barriers, are commonly used to control crowds, direct pedestrians, and change the flow of traffic. Though they are used for events, traffic control, and construction sites, they serve the same purpose in every setting: to protect pedestrians, workers, and drivers from potential hazards. To ensure optimal safety for your traffic management project, it is important to know how to choose the right barricade.  As leading providers of barricades and other traffic management equipment, the team at Valley Traffic Systems understands the importance of having the right products. That is why our team has compiled a list of key considerations to keep in mind when choosing a barricade.

Learn about the different types of barricades in construction.

Important Considerations When Choosing a Barricade

With so many types of barricades, it can be difficult to determine which option is best for your needs. To ensure optimal traffic management and safety for your construction project, consider the following:

What the Barricade Will be Used for

Will the barricade be used to direct pedestrians or protect site personnel from vehicles? Does the barricade need to be highly visible to clearly outline a detour route at any time of the day? Understanding what the barricade will be used for can help to ensure that you choose the correct unit. For example, if you need to control large crowds for a school event or direct crowds after a large sporting event, a pedestrian barricade would be your best option. Alternatively, if you need to create a defined detour route due to a construction project, a traffic barricade is the best choice.

The Amount of Space to Cover

The amount of space that needs to be covered for your project is one of the most important elements to consider when choosing a barricade. An insufficient amount of panels or blocks can lead to a barricade that does not fully cover a site, causing confusion for drivers and pedestrians while endangering project personnel. As a general rule, it is always better to have more barricade panels, A-frames, and blocks than you think you will need.

Unique Site Requirements

For sites with extremely limited space, challenging terrain, or poor lighting conditions, you may require specialized barricade products. Clip-on lights, extending barricades, and gated barricades are all examples of unique products that can optimize safety for challenging projects with unique site requirements. Regardless of your site challenges, there is a barricade product that can solve them.

To learn more about traffic barricades and other traffic products, get in touch with the Valley Traffic Systems team! Our experts can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to assist you.


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