Left-hand-side flexible safety barriers

We’re installing flexible safety barriers on roads across the state, to prevent run-off-road and head-on crashes.

Flexible safety barriers include wire rope barriers and flexible guard rails. The type of barrier used depends on several factors, including the roadside environment and whether the road is straight or curved.

When a vehicle hits a safety barrier, the impact of the crash causes the barrier posts to bend at the base. The flexible ropes or rails remain intact and catch the vehicle like a net. This helps to absorb the impact and shield vehicles from travelling out of their lane and crashing into an oncoming vehicle, or into a roadside object like a tree.

Research shows that continuous flexible safety barriers reduce these types of crashes by 85 per cent.

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