What are Channelizers

Channelizers are traffic safety products used to alert and direct traffic through roadwork or away from hazardous areas. They are often the orange plastic molded products that you see lined with reflective sheeting. Plastic channelizers are weighed down by a rubber base, varying in shape, size and function. Different channelizers are often used state to state, based on specific regulations. Additionally, all channelizing products are required to meet the guidelines of the Federal Highway Administration.

Types of Channelizers:

Traffic DrumsChannelizer Drums

In the event of roadwork being done in a high-speed area, you will usually see channelizer drums between the worksite and motorist activity. The size of these drums allows for the largest amount of reflective sheeting, making them easily visible to drivers maneuvering the area. The flexibility of the drums allows them to easily snap back into shape when they take on any damage.

Vertical PanelsVertical Panels

Vertical panels are used in a similar manner as barrels, but are seen more often when traffic is divided, when there is limited room, or when state guidelines specifically call for them.  They have become increasingly popular as an alternative to the larger channelizing drums, being cheaper and easier to transport and store.

DelineatorsDelineators

Delineators and channelizer cones are also used to guide vehicles through roadwork or hazardous areas. The tall slim design of delineators allows them to be effectively used between lanes of guided traffic, and easily stored.

Cones are more often used to channelize traffic in slower moving areas, or alongside smaller roadside projects. Generally cones come available in three sizes: 18 inches high, 28 inches or 36 inches, with a handle at the top that makes placing and removing them from the roadway easy.

The Difference Between Channelizers, Barriers and Barricades

While channelizers are used to direct traffic, barriers and barricades are used more to restrict it. Barriers are large, heavy, wall-like structures that are used to physically protect workers from traffic.

The purpose of barricades is not to directly protect workers, but to alert drivers. On the road, Type I and Type II barricades are used in work zones while Type III barricades mark closings.

Although the types and uses of channelizers differs slightly between states, they all serve to alert traffic and protect drivers and workers.

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How to Install Rubber Speed Bumps

Rubber speed bumps may be regarded as superior to asphalt for a number of reasons: they’re easy to install and remove, they’re less damaging, and they’re cheaper. Although installing a rubber speed bump can be fairly easy, it’s important to do correctly to ensure it stays in place and lasts.

The first step is to make sure that you have all pieces and tools readily available for the installation. Different products have different specifications, so make sure that you have tools that will allow you to follow their specific guidelines. Besides the actual speed bump, your product may have come with either spikes (recommended for asphalt) or bolts and shields (recommended for concrete). Additionally, you will need a drill and hammer for installation.

Tools for Speed Bump Installation

Upon gathering the proper tools, follow these steps:

  • Place the speed bump where you plan on installing it.
  • Drill holes through the designated areas on the top of the bump. Your product should specify the size of your drill bit, matching the size of the spike or lead shield that will ultimately hold the product in place.
  • Remove the bump and re-drill the holes to ensure that they are deep enough. Again, the depth depends on the kind of bump you are installing. Once the holes are drilled, remove any debris from the area. If you are using bolts and shields, hammer the lead shields into the holes before placing the speedbump back into position. Additionally, it may be recommended to fill the holes and layer the bottom of the product with an adhesive.
  • Once the speed bump is back into position over the holes, secure it in place. If you are using spikes, then you will hammer each spike into place. If you are using bolts and shields, then you will tighten the bolt into the shield at this stage. Make sure that the speed bump is as secure as possible to ensure proper usage, and minimal damage. A ratchet may be used to securely tighten each bolt.

Note that it is recommended to remove rubber speed bumps before winter to prevent snow plows from destroying the product. Leave at least a few inches between speed bumps to allow for draining and possible expansion. Most rubber speed bumps are not designed for speeds exceeding 15  MPH.

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MUTCD Regulatory Signs

MUTCD Regulatory Sign Designations

A listing of some of the most common MUTCD regulatory signs and their designations.

Plasticade Products

Plasticade: Product Spotlight

Traffic Safety Warehouse is one of the biggest distributors of Plasticade products.  Everything from Plasticade barricades to traffic cones to sign stands.  Every year Plasticade is the innovator of new and better traffic and business safety products and they continue to be a leader in value, quality and protectors of the environment. We pass on that great value straight to our customers, giving them the best pricing in the market for every Plasticade product we carry.

Below are just some of the many Plasticade product lines we carry:

Plasticade Barricades >>

Plasticade Traffic Cones >>

Plasticade Signs and Sign Stands >>

Avalon Crowd Control Barrier from Plasticade >>

Plasticade Speed Bumps and Parking Stops >>

Plasticade Barricade Lights >>

All Plasticade products are thoroughly tested and made to meet or exceed the standards set by the Federal Highway Administration.  If you have any questions about any of our Plasticade products just give us a call at 877-966-1018.  You can also get more details about Plasticade products on the Plasticade website.

Barricades - Traffic Barricades, Crowd Control Barricades

Barricades Spotlight: Summer Crowd Control, Traffic Safety & More

Summer is our busiest season for barricades.  From traffic barricades for road safety to crowd control for summer concerts and events, there is a  big need for barriers to block, channel and direct people and cars during the summer.  In most instances, the needs are temporary and it is important to have barriers that are easy to move but still sturdy enough to do the job and stay in place.  We wanted to take a few minutes to spotlight some great barricade options for you to help you with your summer safety and crowd control needs:

Linking Barricades

These are great because you can design your space exactly as you want it, creating angles and making the length of the barrier as long as needed easily by just snapping the segments together.  Some examples of this type of barricade are:

Avalon Crowd Control Barricades Portable Plastic Barricade

Avalon Crowd Control Barricades

  • high visibility
  • anti-trip feet
  • lightweight & easy to move
  • lock together easily, easy to disengage
  • come in 5 different colors

 

Movit® Portable Plastic Barricade

  • lighweight
  • environmentally safe
  • perfect substitute for steel barricades
  • integrated display area for logo or messaging
  • comes in 6 different colors

Expanding Barricades/Fencing

These barricades are made for super fast set-up and takedown.  They are very lightweight, easy to store and expand out from several feet to a 10 times their initial length.

 Crowdstopper Steel Barricade
 Collapsible Barricade

Crowdstopper Steel Barricades

  • long-term weather resistant
  • sections connect using easy-to-use hook and loop fastening sytem
  • welding process makes them extraordinarily durable

 

Extended Width Portable
Safety Barricades 

  • high visibility
  • sturdy aluminum & steel construction
  • interlocking endpost
  • expands to 15 ‘ 2″

Water Filled Barricades

These barricades are made for super fast set-up and takedown.  They are very lightweight, easy to store and expand out from several feet to a 10 times their initial length.

Water Filled Barriers
Water Filled Barricade

Water Filled Barrier

  • very durable, impact resistant
  • ballastable with water or sand
  • quick install and takedown
  • forklift accessible

 

ATM50 Water Filled Barricade

  • lightweight
  • links together with swivel pins
  • stackable
  • 590 custom colors available
Traffic Cones for Less

Traffic Cones for Less

We are kicking off 2015 with the lowest prices on traffic cones. Our traffic cones have always been priced well but now we can bring them to you for a lower price than ever while still keeping that same great quality you’ve come to know us for.  We invite you to look around and we think you’ll find these are the best prices for packaged traffic cones out there.

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Delineators - Traffic Delineators

Delineators 101

Delineators are used in many different ways. Because they are lightweight and easy to move and store, they are a great option for temporarily redirecting traffic, blocking areas and temporary road closures.  Unlike Bollards which tend to be heavier and used more as an obstruction to traffic and to protect from ramming, delineators are lighter weight and serve a more visual capacity to help direct traffic.  However, they are still sturdy and their flexible material will withstand impact if needed though they might not stay upright.

There are different versions of delineators. One of the most common is the simple open top delineator which is highly visible and portable. They can be purchased with or without reflective bands.  The ring top delineator and claw delineators are similar but have an opening at the top to allow for use of caution tape with the delineator.  The caution tape can either be held in the claw or wrapped around and through the ring.

One of the popular delineator models is the DP 200 Series post which is a 3-inch round channelizer made of polyurethane. Polyurethane is the toughest flexible plastic available and is extremely flexible. Even at extreme temperatures it returnsto an upright position after impact. The DP 200 posts are highly visible both day and night and help to delineate driving lanes with bright colors and reflective sheeting.  It has been NTPEP tested and meets the requirements of NCHRP 350 for Category 1 Devices.

The most important things to look for in selecting delineators is durability and visibility.  All the delineators at Traffic Safety Warehouse meet MUTCD (Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices) standards. If you need help in determining the best traffic control device for your project, give us a call and we will be happy to help you.

 

 

Portable Crowd Control Barriers

Portable Crowd Control

An alternative method for portable crowd control is replacing the bulky metal fencing of the past.  Avalon Barriers are a temporary crowd control solution that are sturdy, affordable and easy to use.  These barriers are built of a durable recycled polyethylene plastic. The blow molded technology gives them great strength while allowing them to remain lightweight (only 24 pounds each).  The easily withstand the elements, impact and all kinds of wear and tear.  They are made 100% recyclable and provide high visibility.

Avalon Barriers

Avalon Barrier Design

The unique interlocking design of these barriers allow them to be used with several different configurations and at different angles.  This makes them ideal for not just level ground, but also for sloping terrain and even over street curbs.

Avalon Barricades on Uneven Ground

Avalon Crowd Control barriers can be used indoors or outdoors.  Some common indoor uses are indoor events and temporary excavations.  Outdoors they are often used for construction sites,  road work  public events and even airports or other large public areas where traffic control is needed.

Avalon Crowd Control Barriers with Anti-Trip Feet
The Avalon barriers have high visibility anti-trip feet made from dense, heavy molded plastic that provides ballast. The anti-trip feet are flexible too in that they can be turned to be flush with the surface for easier transport and storage.

They come with an recessed area large enough to easily insert retroreflective sheeting for even higher visibility.  Logos and signs can also be placed in that area. Additionally, each barrier comes with 4 pre-molded holes in the center to allow signs approximately 16″ x 22″ wide.

Avalon Crowd Control Barriers are available in four high visibility colors – Yellow, Orange, Blue and White.
Crowd Control Barrier Colors

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Reflective Sheeting

Retroreflective Sheeting for Safety Signs & Equipment

Retroreflective Sheeting – Sheeting Grades and Uses

Reflective SheetingPresented by Traffic Safety Warehouse

Retroreflective Sheeting Transcript

Reflective sheeting is the material that makes road signs visible in the dark without having to rely on electricity.

Visibility increases with increasing grades of reflective sheeting with Diamond grade providing the most visibility for signs.

9 Types of Sheeting

  • Type I – Engineer Grade, glass bead material, example use: high signs, construction zone devices and delineators
  • Type II – Super Engineer Grade, glass bead material, example use: high signs, construction zone devices and delineators
  • Type III – High Intensity Prismatic, glass bead material, example use: high signs, construction zone devices and delineators
  • Type IV (metallized), microplasmatic material, example use: high signs, construction zone devices and delineators
  • Type V (unmetallized), microplasmatic material, example use: delineators
  • Type VI (Flexible Vinyl Retroreflective), flexible microplasmatic material, example use: roll-up signs, traffic cone collars, post bands
  • Type VII (unmetallized), diamond grade, microplasmatic material, example use: high way signs, construction zone devices, delineators
  • Type VIII(unmetallized), diamond grade, microplasmatic material, example use: high way signs, construction zone devices, delineators
  • Type IX (unmetallized), diamond grade, microplasmatic material, example use: high way signs, construction zone devices, delineators

3 common grade categories for safety products:

Engineering Grade,High Intensity Prismatic and Diamond Grade

Night Time Visibility

Typical night time visibility measures:
Engineer Grade – about 500 feet
High Intensity Prismatic – about 1000 feet
Diamond Grade – about 1500 feet

Reflective Sheeting Products:
Traffic Signs
Roll-up Signs
Delineators

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