Today’s market offers movable concrete-and-steel barriers and other safety products that can be quickly deployed and retrieved to open and close lanes, accommodating roadwork and rush-hour traffic. However, outdated policies and practices hinder their use. We are convinced that the increased use of positive separation needs to move from being an exceptional practice to becoming standard practice.
In a new report that starkly highlights the risk to workers as well as motorists in highway work zones, 44 percent of roadway contractors said vehicles had crashed into their construction sites in the past year, for a 13 percent jump from 2016 and including spikes in construction worker deaths and injuries.
For the first time in Denmark moveable barrier is being deployed to manage traffic flow in a workzone. The technique is designed to reduce traffic congestion during roadwork on Køge Bay motorway.
Hear BBC Radio Leicester’s Helen McCarthy report from the Seeing is Believing 2016 event in the UK, where she went to investigate the Road Zipper System, and was clearly impressed.
Thanks to an innovative $30 million moveable median barrier, completed in January 2015, head-on collisions on the Golden Gate Bridge are a thing of the past, and driving is a lot safer for the 2.5 million vehicles per month that cross the iconic 1.7-mile span.
The barrier is a mechanical “zipper” that changes the configuration of the bridge’s six lanes twice daily to keep traffic flowing smoothly.
In 2015, Nexco East introduced a moveable barrier system in Japan, creating safer work zones along the Joban Expressway, north of Tokyo. Two of the main actors behind this project look back at how it came to life and the role of IRF.
Congratulations to The Wisconsin Department of Transportation for winning the 2016 MAASTO America's Transportation Award. This $193 million dollar bridge building project was able to keep traffic moving by utilizing the Road Zipper movable barrier system.
The Mid America Association of Transportation Officials (MAASTO) has recognized the state department of transportation for Michigan for excellence in transportation projects as part of the annual America’s Transportation Award. This project featured the Road Zipper System.