Safety for

Passing Traffic & Workers

Mobile Barriers MBT-1® is specifically designed to reduce work zone incursions (fore, aft and side) and increase safety for passing traffic & workers. Provides 42-102 feet (12-31 meters) of positive barrier protection with minimal deflection. Crash tested and accepted under NCHRP 350 and TL-2 and 3.


Safety for Passing Traffic & Workers

Tested/accepted under NCHRP 350 and TL-2 and 3.


Highly

Mobile

Portable, self contained, and highly mobile, the MBT-1® drives quickly site-to-site with no special setup. It can be easily relocated to multiple work zones in the same day.


Highly Mobile

Drives quickly site-to-site and simply parks to work.

All-in-One

Outfitable with integrated power, message board, safety lighting, work lighting, TMA and other features. Surface decks and lockable storage areas can be used to carry tools, equipment, materials and supplies to and from the jobsite.


All-in-One

Integrated power, signage, lighting, TMA, storage, & more.

Easily

Reconfigurable

The MBT-1® can be used to provide protected areas to either the right or the left side of the road depending on which end of the MBT-1® that the semi-tractor is attached. MBT-1’s design enables easy visual inspection, repair, and modular replacement in the case of an incident.

Easily Reconfigurable

For right or left work at length to over 100ft [30m] with modular wall sections.

Increasing Workzone

Productivity

Simplifies the number of vehicles and equipment on-site. Standardizes power & lighting via onboard generator, ambient working conditions, and storage with 85,000 lbs (38500 kg) GVWR carry capacity. With less worker fatigue & delays, in some cases crews have reported producivity gains of 60%-80%.


Increasing Workzone Productivity

With less worker fatigue & delays, in some cases crews have reported producivity gains of 60%-80%.

Federal Funding

Available

Covered up to 90% with Federal Funding. HSIP, NHPP, STBGP, and FEMA Funds Available.


Federal Funding Available

Covered up to 90% with Federal Funding. HSIP, NHPP, STBGP, and FEMA funds available.





"Improving Safety, Efficiency & Traffic Flows In & Around Work Zones"®


Mobile Barriers MBT-1® is tested, accepted and Federal-aid eligible for speed appropriate use on the National Highway System (NHS). It was originally conceived following a tragic incident in which two Colorado maintenance workers were killed by a wrong-way driver in June 2004. It underwent 4 years of development and refinement working with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) before being first deployed in Colorado in June 2008. After further in service testing and evaluation, it was formally introduced in San Jose the following year where it received the American Traffic Safety Services Association’s (ATSSA’s) Innovation of the Year Award for 2009. It has since gone on to receive increasing accolades for improving safety, efficiency and traffic flows in and around work zones, including additional national and international awards from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), the International Road Federation (IRF) and others. With life cycle costs of $17,000/yr the MBT-1® can pay for itself with nominal usage, and in less than 2 years with 10-15 lane closures per month.

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Cost Benefit Analysis

Mobile Barriers MBT-1® provides 42-102 feet (12-31 meters) of highly mobile positive barrier protection with minimal deflection. The MBT-1® essentially functions as an integrated barrier, utility vehicle, and flatbed trailer all in one. It can be used with any standard semi-tractor with 60 inches (1.5 meters) of swing clearance and pulls fully set up at speed from site to site. It can be easily reconfigured to the right or left depending on the end to which the tractor is attached (see Reconfiguration add_circle_outline animation and add_circle_outline timelapse video ), and can be ordered with integral power, lights, signage, TMA and other features. It has lockable and on-deck storage at both ends.

For crews, the barrier protects against work zone incursions (front, back and side), reduces the number of vehicles and equipment otherwise needed on site (reducing clutter and congestion in the work zone), and improves lighting and ambient conditions (reducing fatigue and improving the general ability to focus on the work at hand). Each of these areas has been shown in applicable research to be significant contributors to fatalities and injuries within work zones.

For passing traffic, the barrier can help improve safety while reducing the number and duration of lane closures. There's no better way to reduce work zone accidents and improve conditions for everyone than to safely complete the work as quickly as possible and reopen the roadway to normal traffic flow.

Mobile Barriers MBT-1® has been presented and highlighted at numerous national and international conferences and meetings, as well as in various articles and television news stories (add_circle_outline CW-DFW, add_circle_outline NBC-DFW 2010) . For additional pictures and information, please visit the Resources page on this website.


"There are simply too many cars crashing into too many work zones, putting too many lives at risk."

Chair of AGC's highway and transportation division in AGC Survey which finds, Over 50% of Highway Contractors Experience Work Zone Crashes

"There’s no better way to reduce work zone accidents and improve conditions for everyone than to safely complete the work as quickly as possible and reopen the roadway to normal traffic flow."

Former Deputy Executive Director of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)




Configuration

HSIP, NHPP, STBGP, and FEMA Funds Available.
FHWA listed under "longitudinal barriers".

Mobile Barriers MBT-1® provides 42-102 feet (12-31 meters) of highly mobile positive barrier protection with minimal deflection. It can be used with any standard semi-tractor with 60 inches (1.5 meters) of swing clearance and pulls fully set up at speed from site to site. It is commonly used with a cabover or daycab tractor. Configured at 62 feet [18.9 m] (using 1 wall section), the MBT-1® drives similar to a semi-trailer. Mobile Barriers MBT-1® can be easily reconfigured to the right or left depending on the end to which the tractor is attached (see Reconfiguration add_circle_outline animation and add_circle_outline timelapse video ), and can be ordered with integral electrical power, lights, signage, TMA and other features. It has lockable and on-deck storage at both ends. Mobile Barriers MBT-1® is available for sale, lease, or rent.

Sample Specifications

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MBT-1® Configured to 62ft (18.9m) with 1 Wall Section


Modular Configuration
21ft (6.4m) Platforms: Lockable & on-deck storage, tie-downs, ballast boxes, stands, & hardware.
20ft (6m) Wall Section: Note that 0-3 wall sections can be used.
Caboose: Movable rear axle assembly (fixed or steerable).
ReconfigurableReconfigurable to protect right or left side of road. Tractor & caboose attach at either end.
Accepted/Federal Aid EligibleAccepted/Federal Aid Eligible under NCHRP 350 & MASH for TL-2 and TL-3 for use on the National Highway System.

Common Options

Integrated Power10K generator with 120/240V power outlets throughout barrier. 12/24V batteries & solar.
Work LightingLong-lasting, high lumen work lights for night operations.
SignageMatrix board (with radar) or arrow board. Hydraulic lift. Solar, battery pack, & generator power.
Truck Mounted Attenuator (TMA)TL-2 or TL-3