Portable Positive Protection: A Guide for Short Duration and Short Term Work Zones

Transportation agencies, contractors, researchers, and private vendors are actively looking for new methods and devices to help make construction and maintenance work zones safer while maximizing mobility. Short-term and short-duration work zones are no exception, especially as fewer devices can be used in a practical way than in long-term work zones due to the limited installation time available. Practitioners commonly cite the challenge of using traditional devices for protection, as installation costs are high relative to the project and it may take longer to install the devices than perform the planned activities. This situation creates the need for more portable positive protection devices in lieu of traditional devices (such as temporary concrete barrier) that are commonly used on long-term projects, but can’t be repositioned easily. This document looks at why portable positive protection should be used and examines types of portable positive devices currently available such as: Balsi Beams, steel barriers, and protective vehicles. It also includes ten suggested steps to take when planning to use portable positive protection.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: 16p

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  • Accession Number: 01605713
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 29 2016 9:17AM