The Californian version of the temporary concrete barrier is called the K-rail. So, what is a K-rail? K-rail barriers are a common element of the highways and are used across various applications such as perimeter protection, defining walkways and to block off access. The concrete barrier can also be suitable for semi-permanent applications as its design is compliant to the demands of such applications.
Read on to learn some interesting facts about K rail barriers.
- – K-rails have been in use since 1960s and through the years these barriers have undergone some good amount change such as increase in the height profile. They are now widely accepted as a more suitable choice for lane separation and construction areas along public highways.
- – The design of the K-rails is such that there is an 18-inch-wide base (may be higher too) and as it tapers to the top, the width is halved. As a result, the car tires are made to go over the slope and this puts the car back on track by deflecting them. K-rails for this reason are also actively employed in non-traffic areas like parking lots and perimeter security.
- – K-barriers have high durability and suffer much lesser damage relatively. They are highly cost effective and hence a highly preferred choice for optimized protection.
- – A number of Californian companies are using the barriers as a more semi-permanent barrier by tweaking the configuration with pin and loop connections between the segments of the K-rail and the stakes too.