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How Flexible Delineators Cut Costs

Delineators play a major role in ensuring traffic safety, by alerting motorists to changing road conditions and enhancing visibility at night.  However, one of their key limitations has been their limited visibility, due to the placement within the road surface itself.  Flexible delineators solve this problem by rising vertically from the streets, gaining the attention of drivers who might otherwise never see them.  At the same time, their flexible construction avoids the sort of problems traditionally seen with rigid structures such as permanent bollards.

 

Delineators: Their Design and Purpose

The goal of delineators is summed up in the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) thus:

Delineators are particularly beneficial at locations where the alignment might be confusing or unexpected, such as at lane reduction transitions and curves. Delineators are effective guidance devices at night and during adverse weather. An important advantage of delineators in certain locations is that they remain visible when the roadway is wet or snow covered.  Delineators are considered guidance devices rather than warning devices.

 

Delineators, then, serve the same purpose as lighthouses along the shore once did.  They warn those in the immediate area about potential hazards.  Because of this, they must be as visible as it is reasonably possible to make them, without posing a collision hazard to passing vehicles.  Flexible delineators fulfill both these requirements, and benefit municipalities and traffic safety departments in the following ways:

·      By withstanding impacts from vehicles without damage, due to their flexible construction.

·      By not causing damage to cars or trucks that strike them, saving on the costs associated with automotive accidents by preventing their occurrence in the first place.

·      By their enhanced visibility as opposed to traditional channelizers.  This makes them more effective at their central purpose, which is to help motorists avoid hazardous situations.

 

As vehicular traffic becomes more congested worldwide, flexible delineators will play an ever-increasing role in preventing accidents and enhancing public safety.