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barricade light, barricade lights, solar barricade lights, solar barricade light, blue barricade light, red barricade light As continued from earlier, I was talking about the common uses of different lens colors of barricade lights.  Airports can be tricky when it comes to regulations with barricade lights.  The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has to approve a product before it can be used at an airport, and I have only stumbled upon one brand of barricade lights that are FAA approved.

It is important to note that most barricade lights are cleared for use in construction, so this includes airport construction, but this also doesn’t necessarily mean it’s approved by the FAA.  Always check to make sure.  As also mentioned earlier, blue barricade lights are popular among railroads.  Railroads usually like these barricade lights to be blue, but the problem is blue solar barricade lights are very hard to come by.  If you need blue solar barricade lights, try to order them in advance, no matter where you buy them.

Emergency Traffic Cones

Thursday, February 25, 2010 By: Transportation Supply

traffic cone, traffic cones, orange cone, orange cones, orange traffic cone, orange traffic cones, safety cones, safety coneWe have all been witness to an accident that just happened, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that carrying around some sort of warning device for accidents is a good idea.  You get distracted on your cell phone and look up and there is a car that isn’t moving.  If you are that car, it’s important to carry around traffic cones or some other sort of warning device so that people can easily tell you need to be avoided.

Carrying around traffic cones in the back of your car is obviously not very practical, but luckily there is a solution.  There are companies out there that make inflatable traffic cones, that will inflate via a pump that is built in.  Think about which size is best – 24″ is most likely the standard for this type of use.  There are many options – reflective tape, weights to keep them from blowing over, and even blinking LED lights at the top.

Traffic Barriers – What?

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 By: Transportation Supply

traffic barrier, traffic barriers, orange barriers, orange barrier, construction barrier, MB350 barrier, MB350 barriersA lot of people don’t know what a traffic barrier is.  Well, this post is to explain some of the common features found in traffic barriers.  Traffic barriers are lot more heavy duty than a standard traffic barricade, for example.  They are designed to take the impact of a vehicle and redirect it.

Before buying a traffic barrier, make sure it is NCHRP-350 approved, meaning it meets the requirements and can take an impact at different levels.  Level 1 is 30MPH, level 2 is 45MPH and level 3 is 62.5MPH.  They are usually used to replace concrete medians, and are set up in long, long sections.

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There are many different types of type III traffic barricades, many different brands, and many different options.  But before purchasing your barricade, try and find out some of these details to make sure you have a quality product.  Make sure the barricade is NCHRP-350 approved, this is a way of making sure it lives up to regulation standards.

When someone buys traffic safety equipment, they usually don’t use it for that long.  That doesn’t mean that some uses aren’t long though, so making sure your product will last can be important.  Try to make sure the paint is good, weather resistant baked enamel paint is some of the best.  Next week we will blog more about type III barricades, so look for a type 3 barricade post coming soon.

barricade light, solar barricade light, barricade lights, construction lights, yellow flashers, solar barricade lights, solar flashers, construction flashersMost people would think there is just one type of barricade light, but the truth is there are many.  There are solar barricade lights, battery powered barricade lights, dome shaped lens barricade lights, d-cell barricade lights, 6 volt barricade lights etc.  One type of barricade light is both solar and battery powered, what happens is the sun will trickle charge the batteries because it goes through the solar panel.

These trickle charged barricade lights are good if you want to replace batteries less, but don’t want to pay the upfront cost of a fully solar barricade light.  Amber lens barricade lights are by far the most common, but red lens and blue lens are also available.  Red lens barricade lights are most popular among airport construction projects, and blue barricade lights are most popular among railroads.