Installing Bollards on Highways

Whilst the modern bollard is still a relatively new industrial piece of machinery they are actually used in a wide variety of places in order to control the flow of traffic. In fact, bollards are now being installed on highways too. A highway is classified as any type of public or private road however there are a few important things to take into consideration and rules when it comes to bollard installation here. Read on to find out everything you need to know… Installation A bollard will only be installed on a highway when a highway officer has come to the conclusion that public safety is at risk. In addition to this, there are other conditions that must be taken into consideration too. For example, the bollards should not restrict the width of a footpath below 1.2m and are not allowed to be installed in areas where sight lines are reduced as they can actually pose a risk to the driver rather an act a safety measure. Reflective Stripes The general rule when it comes to bollards is that they must contrast with the surrounding environment in order to ensure that they do not put drivers at risk, especially on sharp bends. With this said, the colour scheme for industrial bollards is black and grey which is incredible difficult to spot in the dark. This is why reflective stripes are being implemented, especially on highways, in order to ensure that bollards can be easily distinguished at all times of the day. Rules There are several rules that must be followed when bollards are being installed in order to ensure that they adhere to the highway code. For example, a footpath width of 1.2m should be maintained, the bollards must be set at least 450mm away from the kerb, they should be spaced between 1.5m and 3.0m in order to prevent cars parking up but should never be linked with chains and all bollards should be at least 600mm in height. Bollards are the most beneficial tool when it comes to traffic control and pedestrian safety. After all, they can be designed in order to aesthetically complement a landscape whilst serving their initial purpose of protection in areas that have frequently heavy traffic. To find out most information about the rules of bollards on highways, get in contact with a member of the ABC team today!

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