What Can I Use Instead of Jersey Barriers

What Can I Use Instead of Jersey Barriers

Jersey barriers are a reliable and commonly used barrier when it comes to construction related projects. However, are there alternatives to Jersey Barriers? And if so, are they better?

In this blog, we will answer the question ‘What can I use instead of Jersey Barriers?’

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Is a Jersey Barrier heavy?

Yes. At PPC, our Jersey Barriers are made from concrete, so they will naturally have a heavy weight. They weigh just below 2 and half tonnes, this ensures that they are almost impossible to move without the assistance of heavy lifting equipment.

Furthermore, if the Jersey Barriers are interlocked with each other, the cumulative weight further ensures their difficulty to move. In addition to the natural durability of concrete, Jersey Barriers are an incredibly useful tool to ensure secure protection on a building site, or whatever you choose to use the barrier for.

Can a Jersey Barrier stop a car?

Yes. The size of a Jersey Barrier, in addition to its concrete makeup, prevents vehicles from bypassing them. The only way to bypass a Jersey Barrier, is if there is a big enough opening between barriers, or if the barriers are disconnected and moved with heavy lifting equipment.

Why is it called a Jersey Barrier?

The name “Jersey Barrier” might sound like an odd nickname, but it actually reveals its origin. These barriers were invented in the U.S. state of New Jersey back in 1955, designed to improve safety on dangerous roads. Interestingly, the first ones were quite short, only reaching 18 inches (ca. 46 cm)!

Is a Jersey Barrier the same as a concrete barrier?

Yes, but not exactly. You might hear these barriers called different things depending on where you are. Places unfamiliar with their New Jersey roots might simply call them “concrete barriers.”

We can’t speak for other companies, but here at PPC, we can clearly explain any functional differences between seemingly similar products. In this case, you can use “concrete barrier” and “Jersey barrier” interchangeably for our products – they both serve the same purpose.

What are the measurements of a Jersey Barrier?

Amongst different providers, the dimensions of their concrete blocks may vary, but with that in mind, the dimensions of our Jersey Barriers are, 900×2000 mm. This equates to 90×200 cm.

What can I use instead of Jersey Barriers?

What can I use instead of Jersey Barriers?

The best alternative to Jersey barriers depends on your specific needs. Here are some options to consider:

  • Interlocking Concrete Blocks: Interlocking concrete blocks can be a good choice for temporary or permanent barriers. They come in various sizes and offer similar strength to Jersey barriers, but are often lighter and easier to manoeuvre.

PPC Concrete Products provide Interlocking Concrete Blocks which can be interlocked without binding materials, and also has the potential to be stacked.

  • Plastic Barriers: These are ideal for low-impact applications like crowd control at events. They’re lightweight, portable, and some can be filled with water for added stability. They may not be suitable for heavy-duty traffic control.
  • Bollards: These are short, sturdy posts used for pedestrian control and perimeter security. They’re a good option if you need to restrict vehicle access while allowing pedestrian flow.

What to consider when choosing Jersey Barrier alternatives

  • Purpose: Traffic control, crowd control, perimeter security?
  • Weight requirements: How much impact do the barriers need to withstand?
  • Portability: Do they need to be easily moved and set up?
  • Visibility: Are reflective properties important?
  • Budget: Costs can vary depending on material and size.

For specific recommendations, it’s always best to consult with a professional based on your project requirements.

What can I use a Jersey Barrier for?

What can I use a Jersey Barrier for?

Jersey barriers have a wide range of applications due to their size, concrete makeup, and interlocking ability (depending on the manufacturer). Here are some common places you’d find them:*

*Please note that different Jersey Barrier providers may only allow their barriers to be used in certain areas, and for specific purposes. Be sure to clarify your intended use for a Jersey Barrier with a provider when making an enquiry.*

  • Separating Lanes: They can physically divide lanes of traffic, preventing head-on collisions and promoting safer flow.
  • Guiding Traffic: Jersey barriers can be used to create temporary lanes or channel traffic during construction or accidents.
  • Protecting Workers: When placed strategically, they shield road crews from passing vehicles.
  • Construction Sites: Jersey barriers are a staple for construction zones, providing safety and security in various ways:
  • Perimeter Security: They can be used to restrict unauthorized access to the construction area.
  • Debris Containment: Jersey barriers help prevent debris from flying out of the construction zone and onto roadways.
  • Pedestrian Protection: They create a physical barrier between pedestrians and potentially hazardous construction activities.
  • Events and Crowds: Jersey barriers are valuable for managing crowds and ensuring safety at large events:
  • Crowd Control: They can be used to channel crowds in a specific direction, preventing bottlenecks and maintaining order.
  • Perimeter Definition: Jersey barriers can define the perimeter of an event area, restricting access to unauthorized individuals.
  • Vehicle Exclusion: They can be used to block vehicle access to specific areas designated for pedestrians only.
  • Other Uses: Beyond these common applications, Jersey barriers have various other uses:
  • Flood Control: They can be used to temporarily divert water flow in case of flooding.
  • Security Barriers: Jersey barriers can be used to protect buildings or sensitive areas from potential vehicle ramming attacks.
  • Temporary Work Areas: They can be used to create temporary work areas on roadsides or parking lots.

How are Jersey Barriers made?

When it comes to concrete Jersey Barriers, below is an example of the common process that is undertaken to manufacture them. Please note that there may be differences between the production process of suppliers. 

  1. Moulding: These barriers are typically made using pre-cast concrete moulds. The moulds are designed to create the distinctive shape of the Jersey barrier, with a slanted face and interlocking ends.
  2. Reinforcement: Steel rebar is often placed inside the mould before pouring the concrete. This strengthens the barrier and helps it withstand impacts.
  3. Pouring and Curing: Concrete is then poured into the mould and vibrated to remove air bubbles and ensure a strong, dense final product. The concrete is left to cure for a specific period, depending on the desired strength and weather conditions.
  4. Finishing: Once cured, the mould is removed, revealing the finished Jersey barrier. The ends might have grooves or protrusions for interlocking with other barriers during permanent installations.

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