With life cycle costs of less than $20,000/yr the MBT-1® can pay for itself with nominal usage, and in less than 2 years with 15-20 lane closures per year.
The MBT-1® has been called the "perfect tool" for various types of road, bridge, and tunnel work. Mobile Barriers MBT-1® provides 42-102’ (12-31 m) 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 and can be ordered with integral power, lights, signage, crane, 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.
Considering savings in traffic control equipment & manpower costs alone, the barrier can pay for itself with nominal usage in less than 2 years, at only 15-20 uses per year. The barrier has a life cycle costs of less than $20,000/year. With a 20 year life, there is a high probability of saving someone’s life and preventing injury and incidents. Some barriers have been hit multiple times, even by semi-trucks, and have been credited with saving multiple lives and turning potentially serious incidents into non-events. Errant vehicles are often redirected and drive away.
Considering overall benefits to workers and the public, California research found a cost benefit of $1.9 Million per year, per barrier. Considering workzone fatalities, the USDOT has issued guidance valuing a single life at over $9.6 million.
The Mobile Barriers MBT-1® is covered up to 90% by HSIP and other federal funds such as NHPP, STBGP, and FEMA.
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