Learning from the Danish, saving commuter time with the Road Zipper
A recent road widening project in Denmark involving the deployment of 22.5 kms (14 miles) of moveable barrier, created a flexible contraflow lane and allowed traffic to move more freely and quickly, saving money, time and lives. This was all possible because of the Road Zipper System.
Road Zipper System to ease congestion
The need for a flexible road barrier in the first place was to mitigate traffic congestion on a busy Danish highway with construction work taking place, while providing the safety of positive barrier protection between motorists. The other objective was also to accelerate the construction process while adding an extra contraflow lane in the peak direction. This is where the Road Zipper System comes into play.
Originally, the workers were using barrels to separate motorists and paving works taking place. A practice that is not advised and can be very unsafe.
Surely this innovative and safe solution for road projects in the UK would solve the traffic challenges that are occurring with all the Smart Motorway work taking place? Not to mention the general road works due to pot holes caused by some recent extreme weather, namely the Beast from the East.
How does the Road Zipper System work?
The Road Zipper system essentially manages lanes with moveable barriers, it’s as simple as that. The Road Zipper transfer vehicle works by moving a linked chain of concrete barrier sections, in an effortless manner.
The barrier sections are raised slightly from the road surface and moved across the carriageway by the self-propelled Road Zipper vehicle. A stretch of barrier will be located at the road edge and moved into the carriageway at the start and end of each day, or as is required.
The Road Zipper vehicle travels at 7 mph and can move up to 3.2 km /2 miles of barrier in less than 20 minutes.
A flexible road barrier solution
The Road Zipper offers a flexible solution to rigid design concepts that limit or eliminate centre structures. It reconfigures the road layout in real time, adding more lanes to the peak direction and most importantly eliminating crossover head-on accidents.
The safety zone can be increased as more space for construction is required when roads are in their off-peak hours.
What did the Road Zipper System do for the Danes?
The report commissioned by the Danish Road Directorate showed that the Road Zipper System saved commuters an average of 13 minutes through road works, and let’s face it, every second counts when commuting.
This totalled a huge saving of 1.1 million hours spent in traffic, translating to a saving in delay costs of the equivalent of around £34.7 million. So not only were commuters able to get home more quickly and less-stressed but the economy was helped too.
Road Zipper Fact File
- Improves road worker and motorist safety
- Speeds up construction with more space
- Better quality road repairs - more space for equipment
- Reduces congestion in real-time
- Better efficiencies - saving money and time
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Test Level Standards and Compliance
- BS EN 1317 - 2 and N2 & H2 containment
- N2, W4 & H2, W6 UK Highway Agency Approved
Barrier Transfer Details
- Transfer speed up to 7 mph
- Transfer time 3.2 m / 2 miles of barrier in less than 20 minutes
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