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Purpose of Barricades

Barricades can be a lifesaver, they simply save lives by their presence. One of the main and most important applications for barricades are blocking people and cars from entering certain areas. Crowd control is another way barricades are used.

How to Buy Crowd Control Barricades

Used by companies and organizations, crowd control barricades are primarily set up to ensure the crowd's safety and to maintain control during events. Follow these steps to buy barricades that will suit your needs.

What Are Galvanized Barricades?

Corrosion is the destructive result of the chemical reaction between a metal and its environment.

Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)

PDF format - Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)
2009 Edition, dated December 2009, U.S. Department of Transporation - Federal Highway Administration


Barricades, also called barriers, are used for crowd control, traffic control, and event management. You'll find them at airports, construction sites, highways, and road ways. They are usually made of plastic, and are mostly for temporary applications. Some have the ability to interlock and become a solid, continuous safety perimeter. Traffic control barriers are designed with the goal of preventing passage into a protected or hazardous area. Some of the larger traffic barriers are water-filled and can be safety stabilized by filling a ballast with water to make the barrier heavier to withstand wind and bad weather. These heavier barriers prevent forcible passage by a vehicle and/or direct traffic safely through high-speed work zones. To further enhance safety and visibility, some traffic barriers can be equipped with high-intensity reflective sheeting and signage.

Portable plastic barricades are ideal for small jobs or short-term projects that often can’t justify the high cost of concrete barriers. In these cases, plastic barriers save time and costs, because they can be moved with easily – no trucks or cranes are needed. Portable barriers are also re-usable in a number of different applications (traffic control, crowd control, special events, security).

Metal crowd control barricades, sometimes called bike rack barricades, crowd control barriers, or police barricades, are designed for crowd control and/or crowd direction at public events. Metal barricades are frequently used at sporting events, parades, political rallies, demonstrations, and outdoor festivals. Event organizers, venue managers, and security personnel use barricades as part of their crowd management planning. Crowd control barriers act as both a physical and psychological barrier, used to delineate "no access" zones, and to designate space for lines. They are also used by riot police to control large gatherings and at outdoor concerts to separate the stage "pit" from the crowd.

Crowd control barricades are most commonly made of galvanized steel, although lighter-weight plastic variations made of ecological and recyclable polypropylene are being used more frequently due to their stackability, easy storage, and no-rust factor. Some even have the ability to display graphics and signage via a highly visible large advertising panel and are compatible with flying flags, lights, and stanchions. Other options include the ability to be customized to have a functioning gate that swings on the attachment hinge, which is useful for corralling dogs. Certain indoor situations require redirecting traffic from unsafe and hazardous conditions for which there are expandable barricades.

Barriers are most effective when they interlock, being attached to each other in a line via hooks or pins at the side of each barricade. When barricades are interlocked, they become a one-piece continuous enclosure in which security personnel can use to create impenetrable lines, because such lines of barriers will not likely be able to be toppled over or broken through.

We offer a full spectrum of barriers and barricades, in both metal and plastic, ranging from FAA approved low profile ramp and airfield barricades to large federally-accepted traffic control barricades plus steel barricade trailers for barricade transport and storage. We also offer a complete range of crowd control products such as retractable belt stanchions and traffic control equipment.