Highway Traffic Shields
F3 Gawk-Glare Shield
A Story of Highway Safety Practices
It would be surprising if any one of us wasn’t familiar with those concrete barriers lining the sides of so many highways across the country. These “K-rails” – or “Jersey-walls” as they’re typically called in the East – are concrete walls developed in the 1950s, beginning in the U.S. State of New Jersey, as separators between lanes of a highway. Over time, they became more modular and increasingly and effectively used as temporary barriers in construction areas. The benefit of these heavy barriers is evident, but more importantly proven over decades of use. However, the one benefit they fall short on fulfilling is satisfying the many needs for effective visual shielding of work zone areas. These many needs include:
- Eliminating motorist distractions from oncoming headlight glare
- Protect motorists from water spray created by opposing traffic
- Preventing accidents caused by motorist gawking and rubbernecking
- Protecting work zone crews from injuries caused by dust, dirt, and flying debris
- Protecting work zone crews from excessive noise
Plywood Panels are an Unacceptable Human Risk
To address these needs, highway construction contractors turned to readily available plywood to create visibility barriers installed on top of K-rails. At the time, there were simply no better alternatives from which they could choose. Unfortunately, these self-constructed plywood panel shields lack the engineering, installation, and testing discipline that deliberately includes safety as an integral component in both design and installation. These plywood panels are also inherently dangerous due to the unforgiving nature of the wooden material itself and the metal hardware used in their construction. There exists a hushed record of fatal and crippling accidents impacting both motorists and work zone laborers directly attributed to plywood panels not installed for safety.
A Safer Solution
Jerry Good, a co-founder of F3 Online, designed and created the CNC fabricating machine purpose-built to produce the EPS rigid foam panels for this newly invented F3 Gawk-Glare Shield. Barrier mounted to K-Rails (Jersey Walls), F3 Online’s cost-effective Gawk-Glare Shields were purposely designed to be second to none in instilling common sense and assuring safety for everyone using and working on our highways.
- Conforms to a CALTRANS approved panel design
- Panel design wind-tested at 130 MPH
- Unrivaled safety benefits
Engineered and Tested with Optimal Safety in Mind
The F3 Online Gawk-Glare Shield has been subjected to both crash and wind tests to demonstrate an unequaled measure of both safety and resilience in its design.
As you continue to learn more about our F3 Gawk-Glare Shields, we hope you will come to agree that the engineering and testing of the F3 Gawk-Glare Shield design is near perfect. A certification program assures installation effectiveness by thoroughly training installers in practicing the proper methods for installing the F3 Gawk-Glare Shield in practically any imaginable application. Should we encounter a situation not previously anticipated, our engineers will examine the details of the unique application and engineer a solution we will stand behind.
Gawk-Glare Shield Models
- Reusable Temporary Installation Models
- Permanent Installation Models
Both model types share common features:
- Standard Panel length = 10 feet
- Panel Thickness = 4 inches
- Panel Heights = 18″, 24″, and 30″
- Panels will be painted to satisfy any color preference
The primary difference between temporary and permanent model types is the type of exterior coating applied to the panels. Both model types are highly resilient, and easy to maintain and repair. Both model types offer unparalleled weather resistance even in the harshest environments.