In an ideal world, everyone would stay in their lanes and nobody would get in automobile accidents. However, since accidents do happen, we need curbs, shoulders, and concrete road barriers to keep other drivers safe.
If you’re in charge of maintaining road barriers, you need to know how to keep those barriers in good condition. If they’re damaged, they might not have the ability to keep opposing flows of traffic safe from each other. Inspect your barriers regularly so that they don’t create a safety hazard.
What Should You Watch For?
When you inspect your barriers, terminals, and transitions, make sure you check for the following:
1. The barrier might have crash damage or another kind of misalignment. You’ll need to repair it so the barrier doesn’t completely break the next time an accident happens.
2. Cracks and erosion may have also weakened the barrier. Make sure you repair that as well.
3. People often add signs and throw trash where they shouldn’t. Clean the area around the barrier so that no vegetation or garbage hinders drivers.
4. Your barrier should have a minimum height of 735 mm, and that height should be uniform across the barrier.
5. The barrier should also not have a steep slope leading up to it. If there’s a steep slope, cars could fly over the barrier, so you should level that ground as soon as possible. Shallow, small slopes are acceptable.
6. Your transitions to bridges and other barriers should not have gaps in them. They should be solid enough to provide protection along the entire stretch of road.
7. The shape, length, and construction of the barrier should also conform to local and state regulations. GM shape barriers should almost always be replaced when damaged, but other adjustments depend on your region. Consult your local government to learn more.
Even though concrete road barriers are fairly maintenance free, you’ll still want to inspect yours regularly. Cracks and debris can turn your barriers into a safety hazard instead of a safety precaution. You won’t have to worry about the integrity of your barriers very often, even after an accident, but you will always have to worry about the making sure they don’t cause problems because of damage or debris.
What Do You Do with the Debris?
Cleaning up that debris is easy—hire a street sweeping contractor to clean the area regularly. In most situations cleaning these areas also requires following specific Maintenance of Traffic rules, such as providing shadow vehicles with truck mounted attenuators.
Contact USA Services today to learn more about the sweeping and MOT services we can provide.