According to the Center for Disease Control & Prevention, over two million individuals are injured and 32,000 are killed each year in motor vehicle accidents. As an employee of or contractor for the Department of Transportation, you have a critical responsibility to guide the flow of traffic, reduce congestion, and ultimately create a safer transportation environment for drivers. Even if you’re an owner of a large parking area at an airport, shopping mall or entertainment venue, managing and controlling traffic is essential.
Highway often deploy lane control systems, such as LED signs or HOV lanes, to communicate changes in traffic flow. If your department is responsible for maintaining larger highways, using HOV lanes will be a crucial component to mitigate traffic congestion while increasing safety among motorists. A recent study suggests that HOV lanes that are not separated from regular lanes with a reliable barrier experience a 41%-56% increase in injury accidents.
On the higher end of the cost spectrum, lane control solutions like a dynamic message sign or even smaller LED signs can still put a significant hole in your budget without even factoring in long-term maintenance and operation costs. In order to reduce these costs, many DOTs opt to use traffic delineators that are designed to help guide traffic flow and alert motorists to changing road conditions.
Traffic delineators are affordable and offer a solution that, in most cases, are safer than some of the strategies that are currently in place to channel traffic. However, many traffic delineators that are on the market are not durable or reliable, causing a potential hazard to many motorists and a long-lasting issue for DOT personnel. We have created a superior, composite-based traffic delineator that is durable, long-lasting, and outperforms other marker solutions on the market.
Five Benefits of Composite Traffic Delineators
1. Easy Guidance & Control of Traffic
Composite traffic delineators help guide pedestrians and motorists around construction areas or even accidents. These markers are particularly beneficial in locations where the alignment might be confusing or unexpected, such as at lane reduction transitions and curves.
2. Clear Visibility
These unique traffic delineators are effectively visible at night and during inclimate weather conditions. A key safety advantage of these delineators is that they remain visible, even when the roadway is wet or snow covered, because of their reflective material.
Composite traffic delineators can easily accommodate end user requirements, while still remaining the cost-effective solution to strict DOT budgets. Additionally, these traffic control solutions offer an alternative to larger signs and systems without any long term maintenance costs.
4. Durable Urethane Material
Made from a specially formulated urethane material, composite traffic delineators are extremely durable, have a tensile strength of 4300 PSI, and provide outstanding fatigue strength. This means your markers can be hit repeatedly, but won’t crack or break in the process.
5. Better Solution for HOV Lanes
When you’re dealing with hydraulically or mechanically manipulated HOV systems, there will always be a need for maintenance and repair. These unique traffic delineators are designed as a low cost, low maintenance solution to keep HOV lanes separate from other travel lanes.
Composite-based delineators are the clear winner when it comes to cost, durability, performance, and maintenance considerations for lane control, HOV applications, and complex parking infrastructures. As transit ridership continues to increase, our traffic delineators will play an ever-important role in preventing accidents, controlling traffic congestion, enhancing public safety, and offering the best solution for DOTs across the globe.